HBOT For Radiation Therapy



Delayed Radiation Injury to Soft Tissues


Includes, but not limited to:
  • Radiation Cystitis
  • Radiation Proctitis and Enteritis
  • Oral Cavity Delayed Soft Tissue Radiation Injury- Laryngeal Necrosis
  • Abdominal, Pelvic and Other Soft Tissue Wounds due to Radiation Therapy
  • Neurological Injuries Secondary to Radiation Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is usually used as an adjunct to additional care the patient is receiving. Additional treatments may also include antibiotic therapy, nutritional support, and surgical procedures, if indicated.

The Known Studies Demonstrating Effects Of Hyperbaric Oxygen On Irradiated Tissues

Because a consistent cause and manifestation of radiation injury is vascular obliteration and stromal fibrosis, the known impact of hyperbaric oxygen in stimulating angiogenesis is an obvious and important mechanism whereby hyperbaric oxygen is effective in radiation injury.

Hyperbaric oxygen has been applied as a therapy for delayed radiation injury for more than 30 years.

Prophylactic interventions such as hyperbaric oxygen could be applied during the latent period but before the manifestation of the chronic radiation injury which could be prevented or at least reduced in its severity.
Radiation damage can occur anywhere in the body that radiotherapy has been used to treat cancer.