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Conference Papers in Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 201671, 15 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/201671
Conference Paper

“Quo Vadis” Oncologic Hyperthermia?

Biotechnics Department, Szent Istvan University, Pater K. Ulica, Godollo 2100, Hungary

Received 16 January 2013; Accepted 7 July 2013

Academic Editors: G. Baronzio, M. Jackson, and D. Y. Lee

This Conference Paper is based on a presentation given by Andras Szasz at “Conference of the International Clinical Hyperthermia Society 2012” held from 12 October 2012 to 14 October 2012 in Budapest, Hungary.

Copyright © 2013 Andras Szasz. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Hyperthermia was the very first oncotherapy in human medicine based directly on sacral and philosophical roots in ancient cultures. The discovery of electromagnetism gave new hopes a century ago; however, up to now it has been suffering from lack of wide applications. Oncological hyperthermia struggles with multiple technical and medical problems which are far from the complete solution. Technically, the deep heating, the precise focusing, the technical control, and repeatability are challenging. The missing medical explanation of the phenomenon, together with the he missing measurable dose hinders the acceptance of hyperthermia. The contra-feedback of physiology mechanisms makes this method hardly controllable. Multiple, most promising results and studies are mixed together with some negatives and controversial consequences, causing huge fluctuations of its applications. There are positive and negative “believers” of the method, but the decisional facts are missing. A new way gives shape to the development: heating in nanorange, which could solve most of the open problems in oncological hyperthermia.