Heat helps in cancer treatment?

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Purgatory
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   Posted 9/22/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Just saw this on CNN, doesn't directly spell out advance prostate cancer, but could be another avenue for hope.
 
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090922/hl_nm/us_cancer_heat
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin
2009 PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out  38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., agreed to start radiation, does not rec. HT at this time, mapping on 9/21/9


Piano
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   Posted 9/22/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting article.
The article said...
to warm the tissue in and around the tumor to between 40 and 43 degrees Celsius (104 to 109.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
I wonder if sitting in a hot bath would achieve the same effect -- after all we are only looking for a few extra degrees.

I expect it might be a struggle -- the blood supply is probably very efficient in sweeping away excess external heat. cry
Pre-op:
Age 63 at diagnosis, now 64.
No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4 of 12 cores.
Operation:
Non-nerve sparing RRP on 7 March 2008.
Two nights in hospital; catheter out after 7 days.
Post-op:
Continent; no pads needed from the get-go.
Pathology showed organ confined and negative margins. Gleason downgraded to 4+4=8.
PSAs:
6-week : <0.05
7-month: <0.05
13-month: 0.07 (start of a trend?)
ED:
After a learning curve, Bimix injections (0.2ml) are working well. VED also works but we find it inferior to Bimix.
14 months: Occasional nocturnal erections.

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