Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Can Heal Tissue Damage From Radiation Treatments for Cancer.
For patients suffering radiation tissue damage from cancer treatments, Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy in our convenient and comfortable outpatient wound care facility. Radiation tissue damage is an FDA-approved indication for HBOT and is frequently covered by insurance.
How radiation therapy kills cancer cells:
According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, radiation therapy kills cancer cells by damaging their DNA directly or by creating charged particles (free radicals) within the cells that can in turn damage the DNA.
Cancer cells whose DNA are damaged stop dividing or die. When the damaged cells die, they are broken down and eliminated by the body. Unfortunately, radiation can also damage normal cells along with nutrient blood vessels in the irradiated areas. This can result in non-healing wounds.
How Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments Heals Radiation Tissue Damage:
Hyperbaric oxygen treatments use high concentrations of oxygen to repair the damaged vessels and tissues. Oxygen administered in this manner is dissolved in the blood stream and delivered to body tissues at a far greater concentration. This high dose of oxygen is carried in the patient’s circulation to the site of injury to assist in the repair of not only the damage tissue but also to the damaged blood vessels as well.
During hyperbaric therapy for radiation tissue injury, oxygen is administered in a series of 30 to 40 treatments. These treatments take about two hours and are delivered once or twice daily.
THE BENEFITS OF USING HYPERBARIC OXYGEN TO TREAT RADIATION TISSUE DAMAGE:
- Increasing oxygen promotes tiny new blood vessels to grow inside and around the radiation site. As you grow more blood vessels, more oxygen rich blood is able to reach the affected area.
- Decrease of swelling (edema) around the radiation site. Decreasing the swelling allows the blood to flow more freely to the area, bringing with it oxygen.
- High oxygen levels increases the ability of the ‘infection fighting’ cells (white blood cells) to kill bacteria.
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