Alternative Cancer Treatments that Work
Treatments for cancer have traditionally been surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. However in 1985, hyperthermia therapy, a natural non-invasive treatment which allows the generation of heat to a specific area to kill tumor cells was approved for clinical use. When combined with very low dose radiation, proponents of this non-traditional treatment claim a success rate of 85-92% remission. Hyperthermia is internationally known as the fourth treatment in cancer therapy and while relatively new to the U.S is well known and widely used in other countries like Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Italy, and China.
Dr. Haim I. Bicher, M.D. of the Bicher Cancer Institute (BCI) in Los Angeles, California, is one physician who has used the combined therapy successfully for decades. Dr. Bicher is known as the “Godfather” of hyperthermia and holds several patents related to the procedure. Bicher has authored over 200 publications many of which deal with this modality.
“Radiation given alone is an effective treatment,” says Bicher, “However, when combined with targeted non-toxic hyperthermia, radiation can be given in a way which minimizes toxicity and increases the response rate. Often, the response is 2 or 3 times greater than compared to that of radiation or chemotherapy administered alone.”
The hyperthermia cancer treatment approach used at BCI has a curative intent, as opposed to the palliative treatment of some conventional therapies. It combines hyperthermia with low dose Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) to reduce and eliminate localized tumors.
“With combination hyperthermia and low dose radiation,” says Bicher, “there are fewer side effects. You don’t make the patient sick.” Hyperthermia treatments are non-invasive although a micro-sensor is placed in order to regulate temperature and the heat is induced either via microwave or ultrasound. The sensation has been described by some patients as getting a suntan, they do feel heat, up to 108 degrees, but if there is any pain the temperature can be reduced. Patients often read or watch videos while getting the hyperthermia treatment which is then followed by the low dose radiation so that multiple visits are not necessary.
Doctors in other countries use the same technology. In Japan, Dr. Nobuhiro Yoshimizu, M.D. Ph.D. and author of The Fourth Treatment for Medical Refugees, uses hyperthermia for his patients at the Nakamichi Garden Clinic. “Even a one degree drop in temperature,” says Yoshimizu, “causes a decrease of 36% in immune function, 12% decrease of basic metabolism and lower enzyme activity by 50%. Bacteria, viruses and cancer cannot live in elevated temperature so increasing body temperature is not only the body’s natural defense to bacteria or viruses, by artificially increasing temperature it is a way to kill cancer cells as well as invading microorganism. ” Yoshimizu uses infrared heat along with a combination of organic whole foods, intermittent fasting, high dose vitamin C, fucoidan, and germanium.  (See: Seaweed: Health Benefits for the Body and Planet and Good Reasons Not to Fear Cancer)
In China, doctors are using hyperthermia along with Quercetin (inhibitor of HSP70 , a protein that blocks apoptosis) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the treatment of thyroid cancer. 
In Mexico, Dr. Antonio Jimenez, Founder and Medical Director of the Hope4Cancer Institute uses hyperthermia along with other natural therapies to treat cancer. Dr. Jimenez was featured on the recent cancer series, The Truth About Cancer.
While hyperthermia, which is only about 30 years old, is considered a newer therapy, it is becoming more mainstream and is certainly worth investigating as a possible treatment in many cancers.