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Br J Cancer. 2005 Feb 14;92(3):421-5.

Fever therapy revisited.

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  • 1University of Applied Sciences, Bioinformatics, Wiesenstrasse 14, D-35390 Giessen, Germany.


The phenomenon of spontaneous regression and remission from cancer has been observed by many physicians and was described in hundreds of publications. However, suggestive clues on cause or trigger are sparse and not substantiated by much experimental evidence. In this review, literature is surveyed and summarised and possible causes are discussed. At least in a larger fraction of cases a hefty feverish infection is linked with spontaneous regression in time and is investigated as putative trigger. Epidemiological and immunological evidence is put into perspective. An online forum to discuss the possible application of fever therapy in the future can be accessed at

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