Men's Health Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Cancer begins when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer cells, and can spread to other areas of the body.

Prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow uncontrollably. The prostate is a gland found only in males. It makes some of the fluid that is part of semen.

Almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas. These cancers develop from the gland cells (the cells that make the prostate fluid that is added to the semen).

While some prostate cancers can grow and spread quickly, most do not, and grow slowly. Several autopsy studies show that older men (and even some younger men) who died of other causes also had prostate cancer that never affected them during their lives.

Prostate cancer usually affects men over age 50, and often does not cause any symptom during the early stages of the disease. As the tumor grows and infiltrates the surrounding structures, symptoms such as increased frequency of urination (especially at night), difficulty in starting or stopping urine flow, decreased urine stream, pain or burning during urination or ejaculation, visible blood in the urine or semen, and a sense of incomplete bladder emptying arise.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT ) can be an important part of an adjunctive and comprehensive therapy program. It can reduce the side-effects from both chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

We know that oxygen is essential to normal cellular health. Cancer cells have an altered metabolism and no longer depend upon oxygen. In fact, high oxygenated environments can be toxic to cancer cells and both slows their growth and triggers cell death mechanisms within them.

Our bodies rely on the constant supply of oxygen intake to survive. Our atmosphere is approximately 21% oxygen. When oxygen is administered at high pressure rates, up to 20 times more oxygen can be absorbed by the bloodstream. This oxygen is transported to damaged organs and tissue which speeds up both healing and recovery time.

And, if used in conjunction with the ketogenic diet, oxygen under pressure, can slow down the replicating effect of the cancer cells.

Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is an FDA approved treatment for 14 indications, it is considered “off label” treatment as an adjunctive therapy for cancer. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy does require a physician’s prescription. Please contact us 949-328-4268 for more information or to set up an appointment.

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