Leg coverage with towels during regional deep hyperthermia treatment and its effect on pelvic temperature and temperature distribution

D.H.M. Wielheesen*, M. de Bruijne, W.J. Graveland, G.C. van Rhoon, J. van der Zee

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Abstract

Introduction: The feasibility and its effects on pelvic temperature distribution of covering the legs with towels during the second half of the deep hyperthermia treatment (DHT) is evaluated.

Patients and methods: Patients treated with DHT and radiotherapy were randomized to an alternating treatment schedule: 2nd and 4th treatment or 3rd and 5th treatment with the legs covered with towels in the second half of the treatment. Intra-luminal temperatures (vesical, vaginal and rectal) classified as tumour indicative (TI) or tumour contact (TC), oral temperature, applied maximum power and power at the end of the treatment were measured and compared between the two treatment schedules.

Results: Fourteen female patients receiving a total of 51 treatments, 24 with and 27 without towels, were included for analysis. The mean intra-luminal, TI and TC temperatures, standard deviation and range for each site were calculated. The applied power was documented. There were no significant differences in any of the measured temperatures. There were no significant differences in the applied power. In only three treatments, the towels were removed preliminarily.

Conclusion: In the authors’ experience, covering the legs with towels during the second half of DHT does not result in significantly higher or more homogeneous pelvic temperatures. There is no indication that the TC and TI temperatures are higher compared to all pelvic temperatures when towels are applied. Regarding the used power, there is no significant decrease with towels placed on the legs. Coverage of the legs does not increase the systemic temperature. Isolating the legs with a water-perfused heater is considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-87
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Hyperthermia
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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© 2005 Taylor & Francis Ltd.

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