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Oncothermia for the treatment of relapsed brain tumors

Oncothermia for the treatment of relapsed brain tumors

Retrospective clinical study carried out by the Onco-Ematology Department of the “Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord” in Italy, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Oncotermia (modulated electro-hyperthermia – mEHT) for the treatment of relapsed brain tumors.


Collected retrospectively data study on 164 patients affected by recurrent malignant brain tumors: glioma and astrocytoma.

The patients included in the study were diagnosed with malignant glioma or astrocytoma, with failure of previous temozolamide-based chemotherapy and radiotherapy, indication for treatment with Oncothermia as palliative setting.

Oncotermia was performed using a capacitive coupling technique that allowed the skin surface at 26°C and to reach 40-42.5°C inside the tumor for 20-60 minutes by applying a power of 40-150 Watts.


The study sample included 164 patients with brain tumor, 115 of these (70%) had glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and 50 (30%) had astrocytoma. Oncothermia was performed to 29 (25%) GBM and 28 (56%) of astrocytoma, whereas the remaining patients received the best supportive care (BSC).

Three months after Oncothermia, the median overall survival (OS) was 12 months (range 5-108) for GBM, and 17 months (6-156) for astrocytoma group.

We observed 2 long-term survivors in the AST and 1 in the GBM group that were treated with Oncothermia.

In conclusion, Oncothermia showed promising efficacy for the treatment of recurrent malignant glioma and astrocytoma, not only as a palliative treatment, but it can be a useful adjunctive therapy for patients.

It is important to highlight that Oncotermia is a non-invasive treatment, without toxicity and with local action.

Study published in Oncothermia Journal, Volume 17, October 2019.

You can consult the study at the following link.

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