Patients at the Center for Hyperthermia Hanover can take advantage of new medical technology. It is now possible to make loco-regional hyperthermia even more accurate than in the past. Especially prostate disease and prostate carcinomas can be effectively treated using this method. “ The specific location is overheated, which damages the diseased tissue, and at the same time strengthens the immune system,” says Doctor Peter Wolf. The specialist physician has been running his clinic in Hanover for over 20 years, focussing on complementary oncology.
Hyperthermia treatment overheats the tumour tissue from the outside. The heat has no effect on healthy tissue. Research has verified that temperatures above 39.5°C damage tumour cells, destroying them or impeding their growth. Overheating tumour cells causes a lack of oxygen. This results in over-acidification of the heated cells and a lack of nutrients in the tumour. The cell metabolism is destroyed, resulting in cell death of the tumour cells.
Hyperthermia can make chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy more effective. Unlike operations or chemotherapy there are no side effects from loco-regional hyperthermia, and full anaesthesia is not necessary. The treatment is done on an outpatient basis; that means that the patient can go home immediately afterwards. For most patients two to three treatments are sufficient to destroy the cancer tissue.
The clinic offers a shuttle service from the airport and has negotiated advantageous rates with local hotels and boarding houses. The outpatient clinic opened in 1983 in Hanover.