Reducing Radiation Side Effects with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) is a commonly used treatment for patients who have suffered the
late effects of radiation therapy
, also known as Chronic Radiation Tissue Injury (CRTI) or Soft Tissue Radionecrosis (STRN). While we utilize radiation to kill cancer cells, it also damages healthy tissue that is next to the cancer. Radiation results in tissue that has fewer cells and blood vessels than non-radiated tissue, creating tissue that is more stiff and less tolerant of injury.
Modern radiation treatments
are designed to minimize this collateral damage, but cancer survivors often develop skin and wound-related complications in areas that have been irradiated 6-months or more – sometimes years– after radiation. Additionally, surgery in a previously irradiated field has a higher likelihood of poor wound healing.
HBO2 is able to reverse some of the effects of radiation therapy by stimulating blood vessel growth in previously irradiated tissue. This can be used before and after surgery to increase the chance of healing. This has benefitted thousands of patients who have had complications of radiation to the head and neck, bladder, bowel, and breast, resulting in…READ ENTIRE ARTICLE >