Sadly, the same cancer treatments that what will save a woman’s life may also have severe consequences for the rest of her life. From the analyzed cohort of 1945 women, 866 (45%) reported at least 1 toxicity that was severe/very severe, 9% reported unscheduled clinic visits for toxicity management, and 5% visited an emergency department or hospital. (1)

Three serious side effects of cancer treatment are:

  • Late Radiation Tissue Injury
  • Lymphedema
  • Post Chemotherapy Side Effect


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for late radiation tissue injury (LRTI)
Most Insurance companies will pay for post radiation injuries. (2)

A radiation injury or burn is damage to the skin or other tissue as an effect of radiation. (3)
This injury can be acute occurring within a few weeks of radiation, or can be chronic, producing varying degrees of damage to the skin and its underlying parts after a variable latent period of several months to several decades.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used as a treatment modality to promote repair of radiation-induced vascular changes.

In a trial test, authored by P. Craighead, MBChB., M.A.Shea-Budgell, MSc., J. Nation, MD., R. Esmail, BSC MSC., A.W. Evans, MD., M. parliament, MD., T.K. Oliver, MD. and N.A. Hagen, MD., 140 patients suffering from LRTI received HBOT.
They showed that 4 years post HBOT, their tissue oxygenation was tested using transcutaneous oxygen to reveal near-normal O2 levels. This implies angiogenesis is essentially permanent. (4)

Another research article states, “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been suggested as a treatment for LRTI based upon the ability to improve the blood supply to these tissues. It is postulated that HBOT may result in both healing of tissues and the prevention of problems following surgery. (5)

HBOT is both pain free and without side effects.The mechanism by which HBOT is thought to treat and repair radiation tissue injury is that it promotes radiation-induced vascular changes. Because of this, preoperative HBOT can contribute to a higher rate of surgical success.


“Following my Radiation for Lumpectomy from Breast Cancer, I suffered a constant, unrelenting burning sensation, could not wear clothes and could not fall asleep due to pain. I would start a project and would have to lie down.

The scar was raised and painful. Most of the rest of my chest was numb and void of sensitivity. I started treatment at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery. I could feel things changing: Things were finally cooling down and the sensations of nerve endings joining together began. The purple, burgundy, and red turned pink, then back to normal flesh tone.

I started getting feeling back in a good way, and the constant burning was gone. The huge thick scar itself flattened out and became non-existent. Last week my Mammogram Radiology Tech asked me, “You did have surgery, right!?” Because she could NOT find the scar! She was amazed at my healing! I have my energy back and I am so thankful—it was worth it!

The staff at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery is caring, informative, and empathetic and really helped me through the process. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for true medical grade Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.” -Margaret-

Breast-cancer related arm-lymphedema (BCRL) is one of the most severe side effects of breast cancer treatment. Read more about this lifetime risk.

There is a growing concern of post radiation induced lymphedema. Findings suggest that more than one in five women who survive breast cancer will develop arm lymphedema. (6)
Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduce Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema? A Pilot Study
This pilot study (7) authored by Jane Teas, Joan E. Cunningham, Lindsie Cone, Ken Jansen, Senthil K. Nitcheva, Dawen Xie, and William M. Butler was done with 10 healthy menopausal women between the ages of 58 and 62, suffering 9-18 years arm lymphedema. All 10 of these women were studied after breast cancer surgery and radiation. Seven of these women also had chemotherapy.
The results showed a reduction of 38% average hand lymphedema was observed at the end of HBO, independent of changes in body weight.

  • HBOT reduces swelling while flooding the tissues with oxygen. The higher pressure in the chamber increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. HBOT aims to break the cycle of swelling, oxygen starvation, and tissue death.
  • HBOT encourages the body’s oxygen radical scavengers to seek out the problem molecules and let healing continue.
  • HBOT helps block the action of harmful bacteria and strengthens the body’s immune system. HBOT can disable toxins of certain bacteria. HBOT also increases oxygen concentration in the tissues further helping to resist infection. In addition, the therapy improves the ability of white blood cells to find and destroy invaders. (8)

HBOT can address this disabling and distressing disorder to reduce the individual and public health burden.

Post-Chemotherapy, our patients report HBOT helping them:

  • Improve Balance/Stability
  • Improve Appetite and Weight Gain
  • Improve Circulation and Coloring

One of our post-Chemo, then return-to-Chemo patients writes in his testimony:
“Besides my ‘brain awakening’ which I experienced clearly around treatment #13 or 14, I felt less severe and fewer headache episodes. I feel no progression, (in my neuropathy) which is a positive, yet the tingling remains about the same.
#5) I do give many people the recommendation to consider Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy for their great number of complaints. The science is so convincing that I feel many, many people could benefit from the therapy. I wish the medical world would prescribe and support hyperbaric oxygen treatment more prominently. I really, especially, wish the insurance industry would make hyperbaric oxygen therapy an approved and covered treatment.” T.L.

We have successfully been caring for North Bay Patients for 14 years and proudly announce our newly designed award winning facility. We are conveniently located 13 miles North of the Golden Gate Bridge near beautiful San Francisco. We would love for you to come for a tour.

Our HBOT is given in a hard steel medical grade device called a Hyperbaric chamber.
We charge a fraction of the cost, using the same style chambers as a hospital-based Hyperbaric unit. Our Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) uses 100% medical grade oxygen in hard steel chambers to pressurize our patients at greater than atmospheric pressure. HBOT is designed to increase the supply of oxygen and reverse hypoxia to areas in the body that are not responding to other treatments.(9)

If YOU or ANYONE you know, suffers from Post Surgical, Radiation, or post Chemo processes resulting from Breast Cancer treatment,
whose quality of life may be greatly improved with HBOT, we can help!

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society has a list of approved indications for HBO therapy, including nonhealing wounds, and late radiation injury. (10)
Please consider this remarkable medicine today.
Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our Medical Hyperbaric Physician.

Advanced Hyperbaric Medical Director, Jacqueline S. Chan, DO
Hyperbaric Physician is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
and Family Practice

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