Whole body hyperthermia

This type of hyperthermia, also known as systemic hyperthermia, involves raising the temperature throughout the body of the patient to a predetermined temperature (up to 42.5 ° C) for a certain time and at certain time intervals.

As an oncological therapy, WBHT is particularly recommended in spread tumors and metastatic. Moreover it has confirmed the properties of strengthening natural immune system in the body.

The division of whole-body hyperthermia

 

Mild WBHT

Moderate WBHT

Extreme WBHT

Target temperature body core, T(rectum)

< 38,5ºC

38,5ºC  -  40,5ºC

> 40,5°C

Duration of application

in the given temp. region

Short

< 30 min.

Long

> 30 min.

Short

< 4 h

Long

> 4 h

> 1 h

Load of patient

Sweating,

no thermoregulatory stress

Sweating,

no thermoregulatory stress

Thermoregulatory stress,

weak sedation

Thermoregulatory stress,

sedation necessary

Deep intravenous anaesthesia

or general anaesthesia

Supervision of patient

Without care,

home application possible

Care by nurse,

T(axillary, sublingual, tympanal)

Care by nurse with doctoral supervision

T(rectum),

T(axillary, sublingual, tympanal)

heart rate

Care by nurse with doctoral supervision

T(rectum),

T(axillary, sublingual, tympanal)

blood pressure, ECG, oxygen saturation

Intensive care medicine guided by doctor

Range of indications (selection)

Relaxation, wellness

Rehabilitation,

physiotherapy,

orthopaedics

Chronic inflammations,

rheumatology

Oncology

Oncology

Source: Heckel-Medizintechnik oraz Von Ardenne Institut, may 2001