Prostate cancer therapy – The treatment of prostate carcinoma

Characteristics
For years, the Center for Hyperthermia in Hanover has been one of the most renowned centers for hyperthermia and for the treatment of prostate disease and prostate cancer. For hyperthermia therapies, we use a special device for the transurethral radio frequency hyperthermia (or TURF) – with radio frequency PCT2000 .

This device builds up an electric field by means of radio short waves and releases heat. Contrary to microwaves, which used to be applied, the radio short waves have a wider range and they are less damaging to healthy tissue. Transurethral hyperthermia consists of placing a catheter with a probe in the urethra under local anesthesia. This probe works like a transmitter, with the receivers of the control signals that transfer the radio frequencies attached to the hip or upper thigh of the patient. The electric waves are sent via the probe to the prostate tissue, where they are transformed into heat. The probe itself remains cool, so there is no danger of injuring the urethra.

Advantages of transurethral hyperthermia

  • No risky operation
  • No full anesthesia
  • Low cost
  • No side effects like incontinence or impotence
  • No complications

Advantages of transurethral hyperthermia

  • No risky operation
  • No full anesthesia
  • Low cost
  • No side effects like incontinence or impotence
  • No complications

Therapies
The thicker the tissue is, the more it absorbs the waves and the higher the temperature gets. During transurethral hyperthermia the temperatures reach between 48 and 52 degrees Celsius; a temperature of 52.5 degrees has proven to be very effective with benign enlargements of the prostate gland.

The heat created by the electric waves damages the enlarged tissue of the prostate gland and the prostate cancer, while the electric field acts as a kind of alpha blocker. That means the electric field depolarizes the so-called alpha receptors which are located on the prostate musculature. In this manner the musculature is relaxed, the flow of urine is improved and the prostate gland is made smaller. The treatment can be done on an outpatient basis and is completely painless. One treatment takes between 60 and 180 minutes depending on the seriousness of the problem or the prostate cancer; usually two to three treatments are required. In the case of a prostate carcinoma, two to three treatments are required every two days in order to ensure that all of the cancer cells are destroyed.

It is very important for us to take all-round good care of our patients throughout the entire therapy. During treatment the patient sits in a comfortable armchair and can read and have a cup of fortifying Ayurvedic tea to relax. Muted light, relaxing music and soft colors in the rooms of the center also contribute towards a relaxing experience.

Therapy combinations

Applications

Prostate cancer therapy is commonly used in case of:

  • Prostate enlargement
  • Prostate cancer
  • Low to very high level of PSA.

Advantages of transurethral hyperthermia

  • No risky operation
  • No full anesthesia
  • Low cost
  • No side effects like incontinence or impotence
  • No complications.

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