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HBOT: highly effective treatment following Radiation Therapy

April 19, 2011

Radiation therapy is a standard of care for many patients undergoing cancer treatments; however, when pelvic radiation is performed, its successes also can come with a debilitating side-effect where the bladder becomes inflamed leading to a painful and bleeding condition called haemorrhagic cystitis (HS). This is a very difficult condition to treat. Promising research, published in March 2011, is now giving hope for these sufferers. This study clearly demonstrates successful therapy with long-term follow up when patients were treated with hyperbaric oxygenation therapy. Here, a standard program of just 40 hyperbaric sessions were given to 25 patients who were diagnosed with HS. More importantly, all patients had already failed conventional therapy. So get ready for the results–ALL 25 PATIENTS IMPROVED AND WERE SUCCESSFULLY TREATED. Furthermore, after close to a 2 year follow up, no regressions were shown. The results of this study are truly remarkable and makes for a strong argument to add hyperbaric oxygenation therapy to standard of care and a primary treatment option for those with HS. The authors of the study support this previous statement by adding in the fact that hyperbaric oxygen is a highly effective and safe, non-invasive therapy for HC secondary to pelvic radiation.