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The benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for cancer treatment relief

Cancer | Published: November 22nd 2021, 03:47PM

Learn how patients can benefit from the healing power of oxygen as they combat the harsh side effects of cancer treatment


It’s estimated that by the end of 2021, there will have been 1.9 million new cancer cases diagnosed throughout the year in the United States. [1]

With cancer capable of invading nearly the whole body, patients are often faced with a plethora of harsh side effects not only from the disease itself, but the treatments they undergo in an effort to heal. 


What are the most common cancer treatments?

Although the optimal treatment plan varies depending on the type of cancer and individual patient needs, there are common local and systemic cancer treatments utilized by most patients. 

The most common cancer treatments in the United States include:


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What are the side effects of the most common cancer treatments? 

Even though it’s essential on the road to remission, cancer treatments often cause harsh side effects that patients must battle in addition to the symptoms they face from the disease itself.

Most of the side effects stem from the treatment adversely affecting healthy organs and tissues, and can include:

  • Anemia
  • Bleeding and Bruising
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Hair Loss
  • Infection and Neutropenia
  • Lymphedema
  • Memory or Concentration Problems
  • Nerve Problems
  • Immunotherapy and Organ-Related Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Sexual Health Issues
  • Skin and Nail Changes
  • Sleep Problems 
  • Urinary and Bladder Problems [3]


The side effects that patients face are different for each individual, even those receiving the same type of cancer treatment.


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What methods do patients use to combat cancer treatment side effects?

With such harsh side effects, it’s essential for cancer patients undergoing treatment to consult with their medical team about ways to seek relief through different therapies and lifestyle choices. 

The methods that patients utilize to find relief drastically differ based on the side effects they experience. For example, if a patient is battling nausea and vomiting, it’s recommended that they try eating small, frequent meals and avoid hard to digest food. For those with dry mouth, it’s recommended to try eating soft foods and drinking liquid nutritional drinks when the mouth is most dry. [4] 

Research is also constantly being conducted to find better procedures and drugs to treat different kinds of cancer and provide relief to patients.


How can hyperbaric oxygen therapy help with cancer treatment side effects?

Due to its near countless healing benefits, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been proven by a growing body of research studies and patient testimonials to be an effective form of cancer treatment relief for those facing issues such as anemia, pain, radiation injuries, and slow surgical wound healing.

One review of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and radiation therapy found that HBOT diminished late-onset radiation injuries to the head, neck, bone, prostate, and bladder as well as prevented osteoradionecrosis after exodontia in areas exposed to radiation. [5]

The most recent robust review of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and cancer even found that there is evidence that HBOT may have tumor-inhibitory effects in certain types of cancer. [6]

Overall, the common benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy have been shown to greatly assist cancer patients combating severe treatment side effects, and research on the more direct advantages of HBOT on cancer is continually being developed. 


Want to learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy and cancer treatment relief?
Please visit our research library to view studies on the topic under Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Cancer.


How we can help 

At Hyperbaric Healing Treatment Center, we’ve been honored to treat many cancer patients and survivors battling side effects from common treatment methods, including radiation damage and slow-healing surgical wounds. 

Our caring, compassionate, and experienced team of hyperbaric professionals work to provide treatment to our patients, so they find the highest level of relief possible.

With Medicare and many other insurance companies covering hyperbaric oxygen therapy for a variety of cancer treatment side effects, we can submit the claims to your insurance company directly, so that you can solely focus on your healing. 


We’d like to share the story of one of our patients who used HBOT to heal after breast cancer surgery:

“I am a cancer thriver and survivor, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been a blessing that literally saved my breast. After going through major surgery because of breast cancer, my incision wasn’t getting better. The surgeon stitched it up two more times and it kept on opening.

Finally, I was contacted by Erika at Hyperbaric Healing Treatment Center, and thankfully was able to start treatment as my last attempt to save my reconstruction after mastectomy. I have never had a problem healing, but I suppose chemotherapy is ugly and really messes things up.

Hyperbaric Healing Treatment Center feels like a beautiful spa—cozy, inviting, clean. I can go on and on about it, but at the end of the day, my story is one of affirmation. Hyperbaric treatments work and I will forever be thankful. It saved me from a lot more other surgeries, complications, and possibly my life.”

— Belle R., via Google Reviews 


Want to learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy for cancer treatment relief?

Our trained, caring team of hyperbaric specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have! We welcome you to contact us today.


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1: American Cancer Society | Cancer Facts & Figures 2021

2: American Cancer Society | Types of Cancer Treatment

3: National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health | Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

4: Cleveland Clinic | Managing Cancer Treatment Side Effects

5: Springer Nature | Hyperbaric oxygen and radiation therapy: a review

6: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine | Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and cancer—a review

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