New Evidence for the Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy after Cancer Treatments

Radiation therapy is commonly prescribed by doctors for patients with cancers occuring in the pelvic region (such as prostrate, colon and gynecologic cancers - to name a few.)  For some people, the unfortunate side effect of x-ray treatment results in pain and bleeding from the bladder.  The collateral damage is often difficult to avoid due to the abdominal organs being closely located to one another.  Doctors refer to this condition as "late effect radiation-induced cystitis."  A recent clinical trial reported that hyperbaric oxygen therapy was a successful treatment in such cases, aiding to heal injured tissue and reduce inflammation. (go to:  https://www.cancernetwork.com/prostate-cancer/new-evidence-hyperbaric-therapy-late-radiation-cystitis)  The study in its entirety can be found in the medical journal The Lancet: Oncology (go to:  https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(19)30494-2/fulltext)