Radiation and Chemotherapy Damage and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Radiation and Chemotherapy Damage and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can benefit any patient who is healing from a condition that is directly or indirectly caused by inflammation in the body. The body’s healing process can be improved using HBOT to deliver a higher rate of oxygen to damaged tissue. In fact, oxygen controls more than 8,000 genes and is one of the most natural forms of antibiotics.

Increased oxygen flow can:

  • Stimulate new blood vessel growth and increase blood flow
  • Elevate the body’s natural immune defenses to fight infection and bacteria
  • Reduce swelling that may occur around damaged areas
  • Speed up healing by increasing oxygen levels to areas of the body where oxygen flow has been reduced due to injury or illness

In recent years, radiation therapy has improved tremendously. Radiation therapy can target tumors more accurately and minimizes damage to the surrounding tissue. However, even with these advancements, the normal tissue surrounding the tumor may become damaged, which in turn causes new symptoms.

It’s important to note that Injuries from radiation are not usually identified by the radiation oncologist because they may occur months, sometimes even years, after radiation therapy.

Damaged tissue breaks down over time. Healing the damaged tissue requires a safe and effective medical treatment or therapy.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is the only available modality to target and repair damaged tissue caused by radiation treatment.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is recognized by the FDA for a 14 approved medical conditions, all of which are generally covered by insurance. It is FDA-approved for latent or internal radiation injuries and has been successful with many patients experiencing symptoms following radiation treatment.

There are several types of latent radiation injuries, which include:

  • Radiation Cystitis or Prostitis (Bladder Cancer or Prostate Cancer): Some patients complain of urinary frequency, pain, burning or bleeding.
  • Dental Problems or Jawbone Problems following Head and Neck Surgery for Cancer: Individuals experience open sores, multiple caries or fractures of the jaw, as well as other muscle or skin issues. They may also have trouble swallowing and/or difficulty moving their neck.
  • Bowel Problems or Bleeding after Colon Cancer and Radiation: Diarrhea, urgency, incontinence, and rectal bleeding are common symptoms.
  • Personality Changes after Radiation Therapy for Brain Cancer: Those who underwent radiation treatment for brain cancer may possibly notice personality, memory and/or language changes.

A 2013 study, titled “Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment in Radiation-Induced Cystitis and Proctitis: A Prospective Cohort Study on Patient-Perceived Quality of Recovery,” concluded that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can be an effective and safe treatment modality for late radiation therapy-induced soft tissue injuries in the pelvic region.

According to the study, symptoms were alleviated in 76% of patients with radiation cystitis, 89% of patients with radiation proctitis, and 88% of patients with combined cystitis and proctitis. The improvement was sustained at follow-up in both domains 6 to 12 months after receiving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. No severe side effects related to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy were observed, according to the study.

How does Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy – help someone heal from Radiation Damage?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy drives oxygen further into the body’s tissue, promoting healing. The oxygen is transported into the red blood cell and saturates the plasma of the blood, thereby delivering 10 to 14 times the amount of oxygen to the tissues.

By saturating the body with oxygen drives the healing of damaged tissue, strengthens the immune system, and provides the body with greater opportunity for healing.

Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is an FDA approved treatment for 14 indications, including Complications of radiation therapy / radiation tissue damage. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy does require a physician’s prescription. Please contact us at 949-328-4268 for more information.

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