The Literature Review is essential to monitor publications from around the world and findings associated with radiowave therapy and radiation oncology and to stay current with new cancer treatments and their performance.
The literature review will also add to the biological research and provide data for comparing radiowave therapy with other cancer treatments. This review will be an ongoing task throughout the initial research phase and will be conducted by various professionals contracted for their expertise.
The following are specific projects scoped for the literature review:
Review conventional treatments
The Institute’s research will benefit from a general review of literature of conventional treatments for different types of cancer, new therapies for these diseases and possible interactions between these treatments and radiowave therapy.
Review clinical outcomes
There is a need to compare the clinical outcomes of different cancer treatments such as survival, tumour response and quality of life outcomes. This is a project which is in a documentation phase and will draw on the expertise of industry professionals to ensure statistical relevance for the outcomes of treatments for each cancer type.
A full literature review of such cancer treatments is planned to inform the differences between hyperthermic treatments and radiowave therapy.
Heating of parts of the body by RF waves has been used for many years to treat bone fractures and to heal wounds. It has also been used to provide hyperthermia therapy.
Hyperthermia treatment may be provided locally, to a small area of the body such as the primary tumor, or to whole body, in case of metastatic cancer that has spread throughout the body.
Human factors review
The hopes, needs, perceptions and expectations along with other human factors will need to be put into the context of the cancer patient’s journey through treatment regimes. Much information is already published and it will be vital for the Institute to have these psychosocial aspects of cancer care well articulated for comparative analyses.