A young man in China is so desperate to cure himself of cancer, he grilled his body over scorching heat in hopes of killing the cancer cells.
The 25-year-old man from Yunan was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2013 and had exhausted his family's savings for medical treatment over the past two years.
Although Mr Jia Bin Hui's condition is currently stable, he is unable to complete the whole course of cancer treatment due to financial reasons.
Epoch Times reported that Mr Jia started to research and experiment with alternative cancer treatments as he was unable to afford the 250,000 yuan (S$55,000) deposit for the bone marrow transplant surgery.
Mr Jia documented his battle with leukaemia on Chinese microblogging website Weibo and wrote in a post on April 9 that he had decided to try hyperthermia to treat his cancer.
Photos posted later that same day showed the young man building a wooden grill in his vegetable field. He is also seen lying on the two wooden poles raised above a 42-degree-Celsius fire.
Mr Jia added that he tolerated the heat for more than 30 minutes during the treatment, and was planning on continuing with the therapy for several days before returning to the hospital to check if it killed the cancer cells in his body.
According to the National Cancer Institute, hyperthermia involves exposing part or all of the body to temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius to kill cancer cells.
It usually serves as a complementary treatment to on-going radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
However, the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society has commented that hyperthermia is not suitable for treating cancers like leukaemia.