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Herold Z. Szasz A. Dank M.
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Jahr: 2021

Hepatopancreatobiliary tumors are challenging to treat, and the advanced or metastatic forms have a very low 5-year survival rate. Several drug combinations have been tested, and new therapeutic approaches have been introduced in the last decades, including radiofrequency and heat based methods. Hyperthermia is the artificial heating of tumors by various biophysical methods that may possess immunostimulant, tumoricidal, and chemoradiotherapy sensitizer effects. Both whole-body and regional hyperthermia studies have been conducted since the 1980s after the introduction of deep-seated tumor hyperthermia techniques. Results of the effects of hyperthermia in hepatocellular and pancreatic cancer are known from several studies. Hyperthermia in biliary cancers is a less investigated area. High local and overall responses to treatment, increased progression-free and overall survival, and improved laboratory and quality-of-life results are associated with hyperthermia in all three tumor types. With the evolution of chemotherapeutic agents and the introduction of newer techniques, the combination of adjuvant hyperthermia with those therapies is advantageous and has not been associated with an increase in alarming adverse effects. However, despite the many positive effects of hyperthermia, its use is still only known at the experimental level, and its concomitant utilization in routine cancer treatment is not certain because of the lack of thorough clinical studies.

Herold Z., Szasz A.M., Dank M., Evidence based tools to improve efficiency of currently administered oncotherapies for tumors of the hepatopancreatobiliary system. World J Gastrointest Oncol 2021; 13(9): 1109-1120 [DOI: 10.4251/wjgo.v13.i9.1109]

Evidence based tools to improve efficiency of currently administered oncotherap…

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