Esophageal cancer

Esophageal cancer (Oesophageal Carcinoma) is a rare malignant disease of the tissue of the oesophagus. There are basically two types of esophageal cancer, the so called adenocarcinoma, and the squamous cell carcinoma. It mostly affects men over 55 years of age.

The so called adenocarcinomas, which are becoming more frequent in the western world, are formed in the lower esophagus as a result of a reflux disorder (acid reflux into the esophagus). Risk factors are high concentrations of long-term alcohol and nicotine consumption. Also particularly hot and spicy foods, as well as certain chemicals, play a role. Common to all risk factors is chronic irritation and damage to the oesophageal lining.

When the first complaints appear, the cancer often has already removed two-thirds of the diameter of the oesophagus. Common symptoms include a burning sensation when swallowing food, and heart palpitations when drinking hot drinks. In the early stages, patients complain only when swallowing solid food. Later they also complain when swallowing soft food and liquid. The result is an insufficient food supply with massive weight loss.

Due to the closure of the esophagus, food flows back into the mouth, and the patient produces foul belches. The spread of cancer into the surrounding areas leads to pain behind the breastbone, hoarseness, loss of voice, coughing and shortness of breath.

Esophageal cancer usually metastasizes first via the lymph into the surroundings (the mediastinum and the cervical lymph nodes), and later through the blood into the liver, lungs and bones.

Esophageal barium swallow (esophagography) examination, and endoscopy with tissue sampling are critical for an accurate diagnosis. Further studies include (endo) ultrasound, chest X-rays and computed tomography.

Recommended therapies for the treatment of esophageal cancer:

Photodynamic therapy

At the Hyperthermia Center Hannover, we recommend photodynamic therapy (PDT) to our patients with esophageal cancer, in which specifically diseased cells are destroyed by light. In the process, a light-activatable substance (a so-called photosensitizer - here: Chlorin) is injected. This triggers a chemical reaction in combination with light of a specific wavelength in the diseased cells, which leads to cell death. The surrounding healthy tissue is spared.

Whole-Body Hyperthermia

The healing effect of whole-body hyperthermia for patients with esophageal cancer is that we can very quickly bring the organism to high temperatures (up 40.5 °). This fast and high heating activates not only the immune system, but many degenerate cells of the esophageal cancer are destroyed by the fast floods of heat. In addition to the damage or removal of the cancer cells, the whole-body hyperthermia activates the immune system significantly without burdening the rest of the body. It triggers an immune cascade that enables the white blood cells to multiply.

Loco-regional Hyperthermia

Regionally targeted hyperthermia is recommended for patients with esophageal cancer. During this process the affected region is quickly heated to high temperatures (40 up to 44 ° C). This heating activates the immune system and harms or destroyes degenerated cells. In our day clinic at the Hyperthermia Centre Hannover, we offer this partial body hyperthermia in which only damaged or degenerated tissue is overheated, guaranteeing very gentle treatment to our patients.

IPT - Low Dose Chemotherapy

Patients with esophageal cancer can be successfully treated at the Hyperthermia Centre Hanover with IPT, which uses the blood sugar lowering hormone to inject drugs more effectively into the tumour cells. Because the degenerated cells of esophageal cancer have a higher basal metabolic rate than normal cells, they attempt to absorb sugar more quickly after a period of low blood sugar. The treatment works through the so-called ‘receptors’. Because tumour cells have in general more receptors than normal cells, chemotherapy can therefore impact the malignant cells more effectively by using IPT. As a result the dosage of conventional chemotherapy protocols can be reduced, and thus the side effects can also be significantly lowered.

Infusions with high-dose Vitamin C

At the Hyperthermia Centre Hannover we treat patients with esophageal cancer successfully with high-doses of vitamin C. The so-called Ascorbic acid is the most popular vitamin,- and the most important antioxidant, i.e. it intercepts harmful free radicals in the body and makes them harmless – and in this way prevents degeneration in the cells. Vitamin C is also essential for the immune system and various restructuring processes in the body. When vitamin C is given in a high- dose, the treatment of oesophageal Carcinoma can be positively affected.

Procain-Based-Infusion

Neural therapy assumes that chronic ailments are caused by interference fields. Each part of the body, and each pathologically altered organ in the body, can be an interference field. For the treatment of esophageal cancer, an anti-inflammatory anaesthetic will be injected into the abnormal tissue structure, primarily in the Head zone, which causes relief to the aching body area, and at the same time the corresponding organ, in this case the esophagus.