Interstitial hyperthermia therapy, the application of heat to control or destroy tumor tissue, is under investigation as an adjuvant treatment for recurrent intracranial malignancies. A brief review of the biologic effects and detailed information of one technique used to treat brain tumors are presented. Management of patients receiving hyperthermia is both challenging and complex. Neuroscience nurses must become knowledgeable about this form of therapy as it is more widely used in brain tumor management.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Deborah Edwards, RN, BS at: Missouri Baptist Medical Center, 3015 N. Ballas Rd., St. Louis, Missouri 63131. She is the coordinator for the hyperthermia program.
Tanya Stupperich, RN, BS is head nurse in the neuro intensive care unit at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
Deborah Welsh, RN is the neuro-oncology and hyperthermia coordinator at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri.
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