Radiation Injury

Healing tissue after Radiotherapy for Cancer

What is Radiation Injury?

Modern cancer treatment protocols include radiation in over 50% of cases. This has had the positive effect of increasing survival. Some of these survivors will experience the late effects of radiation. These delayed effects impact the surrounding normal tissue and become evident months to years after the treatment protocols are over.

Radiation injury to these normal tissues results in cell death, damage to blood vessels in the irradiated field, a depletion of stem cells that promote normal healing and the buildup of fibrotic tissue. The decreased blood supply and increasing hypoxia makes surgery in these areas challenging. The soft tissues such as bowel and bladder are more prone to bleeding and in many instances cause significant negative impact on a patient’s quality of life.

Treating Radiation Injury with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Multiple studies have shown the benefit of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in helping to heal the damage from curative radiation therapy in the pelvic region, in the head and neck, in the lower extremity for skin cancer, and in breast cancer survivors.

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The Healing Power of Hyperbaric Medicine

HBOT helps white blood cells kill bacteria, and help osteoclast clean up the dead and infected bone. Once the infection is under control and all the dead bone is gone, new bone is laid down by osteoclasts. These processes require high levels of oxygen to function optimally. HBOT also helps antibiotics work better, and in conjunction with some antibiotics, helps eradicate the biofilms that form in many of these cases.

Increases White Blood Cell Effectiveness

Stimulates Release of Stem Cells

Improves Quality of Life in Patients

Most Conditions Covered by Insurance

Commonly, these patients will receive 40-60 treatments to clear the infection.

How Long Does a Hyperbaric Treatment Take?

Most HBOT treatments generally take about 2 hours. Treatments for some indications can last up to 4 hours. Serious diving injuries can require a treatment for longer than 5 hours. The hyperbaric physician will determine how long each patient’s HBOT treatment will last.

Does Insurance Cover Hyperbaric Treatments?

Yes

Coverage for HBO is dependent on your insurance company’s Coverage Determination Policy.

No

Some indications are still not covered or coverage can vary by insurance provider. Contact us to verify coverage.

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HBOT Locations Near Me

Marietta, GA

61 Whitcher Street
Suite 2150
Marietta, GA 30060

Cunming, GA

1505 Northside Boulevard, Suite 1300, Cumming, GA 30041

Atlanta, GA

5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road,
Suite G9,
Atlanta, GA 30342

Fayetteville, NC

3034 Boone Trail,
Fayetteville, NC 28304

San Francisco, CA

2107 O’Farrell Street,
San Francisco, CA 94115

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