Transurethral Prostate Hyperthermia
Prostate Cancer Therapy – Transurethral Prostate Hyperthermia (TUH)
An alternative for prostate surgery. A holistic method, free of side-effects, with proven therapy success.
Every year, many men suffer from prostate cancer. It is considered one of the most dangerous male cancers. Regardless of benign or malignant prostate tumours, the side effects of the main treatment methods – surgery and radiation therapy – are significant. Hence, many sufferers are looking for alternative effective therapy methods.
During overheating treatment (hyperthermia), either the whole body or a locally effected organ or tissue area will be overheated slowly, and therefore receives a special treatment. Of particular significance is the treatment of the prostate through transurethral radio frequency hyperthermia. Benign prostate enlargements, as well as prostate cancer, can be treated. Besides the overheating of the affected tissue, an electric field consisting of radio shortwave frequencies is created. By this method, the destruction of tumour cells is effected, and the natural healing processes are activated.
A special catheter is inserted in the patient’s urethra during this treatment; this catheter is connected to the hyperthermia device. The patient will not be exposed to radiation or microwaves.
Treatment of malignant Tumours
The therapy for the malignant prostate carcinoma is focussed exclusively on the tumour. Transurethral hyperthermia can be selective; the tumour tissue will be destroyed without damaging healthy tissue. This selectiveness is of particular importance for the treatment of tumours where the malignant tissue can be found, particularly in the prostate environment, for example on the edge of the prostate.
The focussing effect does not work only on defined location – it also finds and destroys scattered tumour cells even though they are not clustered in an identifiable tumour.
Treatment of benign tumours
For benign tissue augmentation in the prostate (benign prostate hyperplasia), the treatment strategy is slightly different. This type of tumour predominantly affects the whole prostate region. Therapy for this illness requires a regular heat build-up. This functions as an active factor; that means the temperature is crucial for the effectiveness and it can be increased to physiological toxicity. The exact temperature will be determined and controlled through the microprocessors that are part of the catheter. The treatment parameters have a curative effect on benign prostate tumours, and guarantee certainty for the cancer treatment.
Long-term study proves therapy success
The treatment has a proven therapy success record. A study with 123 patients with prostate disease shows a success rate of over 95% in local clinical remission during the treatment of malignant prostate tumours. The illness can be controlled very well, both in the short and long-term, with patients having a high quality of life – another positive effect of this method. During the study, the prostate specific antigen PSA was reduced largely and maintained on a low level for over 3 years.
Duration of treatment and frequency
A TUH treatment lasts 180 minutes. On average, three treatments on a weekly basis are required. After that, the treatment is paused and the treatment effect is determined. It may be recommended to repeat the treatment cycle for maintaining the achieved state, or to further improve the results.
Side effects, Contraindication
The method has no side effects. There are no risks for incontinence or impotence. Any patient in good general health can benefit from this therapy; there are no contraindications. Scarring of the urethra is a limiting factor, as well as a significant enlargement of the prostate. A test catheterisation can give clarity in these cases.
Biological holistic diagnostics
In the hyperthermia centre of the hospital Klinik im LEBEN (Central Germany), the emphasis is on the holistic treatment of the person. During the treatment of prostate diseases, the therapist not only concentrates on the organ treatment, but also includes any other individual anomalies and needs of the patient in the therapy. Therefore, it is of great benefit to obtain additional information through biological holistic diagnostics at the start of the therapy, as well as the preparation of a personal treatment schedule. The combination of the transurethral prostate hyperthermia with other therapy methods results – as a whole – in a mutual increase of the effectiveness of the individual treatments.
Further therapy methods can be, for example: whole body hyperthermia, active fever therapy, excretion and detoxification method, procaine base infusions or special vitamin infusions, the use of immune system strengthening herbal supplements and homeopathy, as well as deep psychological harmonisation techniques.