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Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy?

Posted by IamJay on Sep 27, 2020 10:51 am

I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with hyperbaric oxygen therapy following radiation to help with healing damaged tissues?
I've read that this can help recover and prevent radiation injury. 
 

Re: Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy?

Posted by WestCoastSailor on Sep 28, 2020 8:17 pm

IamJay‍ 

My familiarity with hyperbaric treatment comes from treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning. So it was interesting to do a little research. Perhaps the most interesting document came from Alberta Health. https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/hp/cancer/if-hp-cancer-guide-gyne003-hbot-for-lrti.pdf

Tom Baker Center is recognized as a leader in Cancer treatment in Western Canada so it would appear to have some credibility. This highlights one of the challenges of provincial control of health care. There aren't National standards in many of these areas. I would suggest that this is a topic for discussion with your radiation oncologist.

Calling the CCS cancer info line may be able to provide some better references. 1-888-939-3333

Angus
My story: http://journey.anguspratt.ca

Re: Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy?

Posted by IamJay on Sep 28, 2020 11:37 pm

Thanks WestCoastSailor‍ 
yes I am so lucky to live in Calgary! I read that article too and feel hopeful that if radiation causes rectal damage as predicted that they will put me into the hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment process and hopefully that will help with any radiation damage. My doctor talked to me about this today so I feel more encouraged now. He's great at answering my questions and usually have lots!
My next question for him will be why we'd have to wait to see if there is damage ...why not do this to prevent the damage and speed the healing?
Thanks for your response
Judy