Heat may kill some cancer cells directly and render others more responsive to radiation.

Recent finding: Treating superficial (or "contained') tumors in tissue of the breast, cervix, head, neck and skin with hyperthermia—gradually increasing the temperature of the cancerous tissue to between 105°F and 113°F—reduced the risk of recurrence by 68%.

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