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Differences between hyperthermia and oncothermia

Differences between Hyperthermia and Oncotermia

Oncothermia is based on the Hyperthermia method, frequently used for cancer treatments. But unlike conventional hyperthermia, Oncothermia, in addition to producing an absolute increase in the temperature of the deep layers of tissue. Also combines the action of the modulated electric field, with a carrier frequency of 13.56MHz, which is generated by two electrodes assets. This electric field allows an absorption of energy in the extracellular fluid (ECM), and the imbalance and destructuration of the membrane of the cancer cells achieving important effects at only 38ºC.

Schematic illustration of Oncothermia treatment. Show how the electric field produced by the two electrodes crosses the patient through the areas of lower impedance (greater conductivity), and is absorbed only by the tumor tissue.

Microbiological studies have shown that cancerous tissues have a better conductivity than healthy tissues, due to metabolic differences. It is for this reason that the electric field tends to flow preferentially in the malignant tumor tissue, selecting the cells to be treated. The natural activity of malignant cells is inhibited, dying by apoptosis. That means, by a natural process of cell death induced by the immune system without overloading toxins in the body. In contrast with necrosis, pathological cell death, produced in conventional hyperthermia.

In conclusion
While conventional hyperthermia disperses heat, Oncothermia focuses on the tumor, captures the cancer cells by the pulse frequency they output themselves, focusing it and making the treatment more effective.

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