What is HEATT®?

Verthermia® provides Hyperthermic Extracorporeal Applied Tumor Therapy (HEATT®), a patented, whole-body hyperthermia cancer treatment to extend and enhance daily living in end-stage cancer patients.

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Our HEATT® Circuit

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With years of scientific research, Verthermia® has perfected the procedure of HEATT® with the use of our transformational whole-body hyperthermia machine and system. Our HEATT® circuit is a heart and lung machine with a recirculating dialysate system, charcoal filtration and pCO2/pH control, which are all FDA-approved components. The HEATT® procedure circulates blood throughout the body at 20 percent cardiac output for 50 minutes to heat the patient’s blood. As we continue to monitor the patient, we maintain the temperature of the blood at 42° C for two hours while cancer cells are destroyed or damaged. Using our HEATT® system, we are able to utilize a unique combination of advanced safety features, comprehensive monitoring tools, and precise delivery technology to ensure that each patient receives the best and safest possible whole-body hyperthermia cancer treatment.


Cancer Treatment

The main difference between HEATT® and other hyperthermia treatments is that we heat the blood directly and tightly control body temperature while normalizing fluids, electrolytes, and pH balance. HEATT® uses the patient’s own blood for whole-body hyperthermia to conduct heat rather than using typical conduction or convection methods.
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The HEATT® Procedure

For over thirty years, Verthermia® has worked to perfect the procedure of HEATT®. We prioritize safety by closely monitoring vitals during the entire cancer treatment procedure as we heat the body. With this heat, we target cancerous cells as blood circulates. HEATT® can also result in a positive immune response, which enhances the body’s defense system.


Who Can Benefit from HEATT®?

At Verthermia®, we are dedicated to providing patients with the absolute highest standard of care and safety. We follow strict guidelines so every patient who undergoes whole-body hyperthermia cancer treatment will do so safely to minimize complications. To be a candidate for HEATT®, a patient must meet certain criteria. Contact us today to further discuss your eligibility.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Although side effects from HEATT® are typically minimal, suggested recovery time is about 2 days in a supervised setting. If a patient is experiencing problems associated with advanced cancer symptoms or previous treatments, the time frame or supervision may be increased.
In recent studies, we have evaluated the responses of both singular and repetitive HEATT® treatments in patients. As we continue to evaluate the ideal number of HEATT® treatments, we recommend one treatment to assess the response before potentially returning to conventional cancer treatment or repeating HEATT®.
Currently HEATT Therapy is not covered by Medicaid or most insurance providers, though some hospital expenses may be covered depending on your provider. Our patients cover the out of pocket cost of our procedure, including the hospital stay, that is not covered by insurance. Please contact us for more information and to see if you qualify.
Whole-body hyperthermia is a treatment option that has shown safety and efficacy in select advanced cancer patients. While it does not cure cancer, our trials show the potential to reduce the severity and spread of many cancers.
HEATT® circulates and heats the patient’s own blood. The patient is managed in a controlled setting by a team of specialists trained to administer the procedure safely. Like any procedure, there are some risks which will be discussed prior to treatment. Contact the Verthermia® team today to discuss any concerns.
HEATT® has been found to be effective in treating various forms of advanced cancer including ovarian, lung, and other solid cancers.
HEATT® is performed by a team of experienced medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, and technicians.
Before you begin HEATT®, your healthcare provider will communicate instructions on how to best prepare for the treatment. For example, maintaining activity, avoiding certain foods and drinks, increasing your fluid intake, and taking medications. Follow these instructions, as directed by your provider, in order to ensure the best outcome from the treatment. You may be told to stop certain medications prior to HEATT®.
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