The IOZK participated at the annual conference of the ESHO (European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology), which took place at the Charité in Berlin. The IOZK presented on modulated electro-hyperthermia in the treatment of children with DIPG, an aggressive brain tumor (Hyperthermia as part of multimodal immunotherapy for children with DIPG, S. van Gool, J. Makalowski, V. Schirrmacher, W. Stuecker).
In this presentation, and many other presentations, the immunological effects of hyperthermia were discussed. Previously the focus was on achieving high temperatures in the tissue in order to damage the tumor tissue. New research shows that the increased temperature makes the immune system aware of the tumor, amongst other things. The tumor is altered through the hyperthermia and so becomes recognizable again to the immune cells. Thus hyperthermia supports the body’s own defenses in fighting the tumor.