• Has anyone had hyperbaric chamber therapy for tissue damage from radiation?

    Asked by joyce on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Has anyone had hyperbaric chamber therapy for tissue damage from radiation?

    My husband has radiation enteritis and we are considering hyperbaric chamber therapy. I wondered if anyone has used it for radiation damage either to the intestinesor other areas such as face and throat. If so, what were the results?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      Joyce, Hello my name is Carm, and I am an oncology nurse. Although I have not experienced a hyperbaric chamber personally, I have had many patients who have. Hyperbarics can help heal any radiation tissue damage as it works on the tiny capillaries that feed bone, mucosa, and skin. When these areas get damage and the get exposed to high levels of oxygen therapy, the oxygen therapy stimulates body growth factors and this causes those capillaries to branch, or reach out and grow new tissue. Most patients say it is boring, that they cannot bring anything into the chamber, but that they bring their favorite movies on DVD and watch them on an overhead monitor, or they listen to relaxing music with CDs that they bring as well. I hope this at least answers some of your questions, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • mjc's Avatar

      There is considerable scientific literature that supports using HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) for radiation injuries. In fact, it is one of the indications approved by Medicare. You can find out more by searching for a comprehensive wound care center in your immediate area - - most wound care centers have HBOT as one of their treatment modalities. I wish your husband a speedy recovery.

      almost 4 years ago

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