By Chris Pepitone, D.C.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has gained popularity as a complementary therapy for various health conditions, including cancer. HBOT is a non-invasive medical treatment that delivers 100% oxygen at a higher pressure than normal atmospheric pressure. This therapy has shown promising results in cancer treatment, specifically in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation, as well as in aiding the recovery of patients undergoing cancer treatments.
HBOT works by increasing the oxygen levels in the body's tissues and blood vessels. The higher pressure enables more oxygen to dissolve in the plasma and penetrate deeper into the body's tissues. This increased oxygen supply has been found to enhance the immune system, reduce inflammation, and promote the formation of new blood vessels. Additionally, it can aid in the healing of damaged tissues and help to prevent infections.
When used in combination with chemotherapy and radiation, HBOT has been shown to increase the effectiveness of these treatments. Cancer cells have a lower tolerance for high oxygen levels than healthy cells. The increased oxygen levels delivered during HBOT can help to weaken and destroy cancer cells, while healthy cells remain intact. Furthermore, the higher oxygen levels can help to increase the uptake of chemotherapy drugs, allowing for a more targeted and effective treatment.
Additionally, radiation therapy can sometimes lead to damage in surrounding tissues, including the development of radiation-induced wounds. HBOT has been found to promote the healing of these wounds by increasing blood flow and oxygen supply to the affected tissues. This can reduce the risk of complications, such as infections and scarring, and improve overall healing time.
Furthermore, HBOT has been shown to alleviate some of the common side effects of chemotherapy, including fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. This is believed to be due to the increased oxygen supply to the body's tissues, which helps to promote healing and reduce inflammation. Additionally, the increased oxygen levels can improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of cognitive impairment associated with chemotherapy.
HBOT is a valuable adjunct to cancer treatment because it is non-invasive, safe, and well-tolerated by most patients. The therapy can be administered in an outpatient setting and typically takes one hour. Most patients report feeling relaxed during the treatment and experience no pain or discomfort.
For more information about our Medium Pressure, FDA approved, Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber visit us at www.PureHealthNJ.com or call us at 732.747.0083.