Heat May Be Used To
Help Cure Cancer – High Temperatures May Help Radiation and Chemotherapy
Kill Tumors – Lance Armstrong Effect
July 26th 2006
Scientists at Johns Hopkins believe that body heat is the reason why
people with testicular cancer have a survival rate far better than
patients with other advanced cancers. Cancers that form in the
testicles may do so because they are heat sensitive. Seven-time Tour de
France winner Lance Armstrong survived the cancer even after it spread
to his lungs and brain.
When the cancer cells spreads to the rest of the body, they may be prone
to the increased temperature, making them easier to treat. The Hopkins
researchers say that the temperature boost may have weakened a protein
scaffolding within the cancer cell’s nucleus, making the nuclear DNA
more vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiation.
The testes are separated from the body making them a few degrees
cooler. This benefits the production of sperm, according to
researchers. This is why men with undescended testicles (at birth the
testes remain stuck in the pelvis) have a higher risk of infertility.