Alexander Herzog, M.D.
- Medical degree at the university of Heidelberg, Germany in 1984.
- Afterward research at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg about vaccine treatments against cancer in animal models.
- Specialization in internal medicine and oncology in the university hospital of Heidelberg.
- Consultant and head physician in different oncological hospitals.
For more than 20 years he has been working in his own hospital specialized in hyperthermia and complementary treatments in oncology. He is professor at the University of Sevilla, Spain, but also gives lectures at the University of Gießen.
In the last years, hyperthermia has become an intensively discussed complementary treatment. Hundreds of publications show the mechanisms of action when heating up tumor tissue to around 42°C. These include a negative interference with several repair mechanisms, denaturation of p- glycoprotein, micro thromboses in tumor vessels and increased perfusion/circulation of the tumor tissue.
The most important types of hyperthermia include local hyperthermia using electromagnetic waves (microwaves or short waves) to induce a localized increase of temperature. For whole bodies hyperthermia techniques like whole body radiation with energetic infrared A light or whole body hot steam chambers are used.
Combining hyperthermia with chemotherapy a temperature dependent increase of activity of cytotoxic drugs was found. Combined with radiation higher efficacy of radiation was observed in plenty of studies.
In some countries, hyperthermia is considered as a standard treatment, e.g. in Holland a combination of hyperthermia and radiation in patients with advanced cervical cancer or in Germany the combination of hyperthermia and chemotherapy in patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma.
Hyperthermia has shown infrequent studies up to now positive effects against nearly every type of cancer.
In the presentation results of hyperthermia in different cancers and own experiences and case reports, but also to international scientific studies are demonstrated.