Prostatic Hyperthermia

  • Ian Pearce


Hyperthermia is the application of heat energy to mediate cell death within tissue. The prostate is the urological organ most frequently treated with this technology, and microwaves are used most commonly, although radiofrequency (RF) hyperthermia has been used clinically. Microwave hyperthermia has been applied to prostatic malignancy and the inflamed prostate but has found its niche as a minimally invasive therapy for obstructive benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) when medical therapy has failed.


Prostatic Tissue Mediate Cell Death Prostatic Malignancy Tissue Heating Benign Prostatic Enlargement 
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Further Reading

  1. Bhomic P, Coad JE, Bhomick S, Pryor JL, Larson T, De la Rosette J, Bischof JC. In Vitro assessment of the efficacy of thermal therapy in human benign prostatic hyperplasia. Int J Hyperthermia. 2004;20(4):421–39.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Schelin S. Development of feedback microwave thermotherapy in symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia. Lund: University of Lund Press; 2006.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag London 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of UrologyManchester Royal InfirmaryManchesterUK

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