Hope4Cancer® Institute uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in conjunction with our other treatments. Delivery of oxygen at high pressure has been found to have beneficial effects in overall oxygenation of the body, and supports other therapies that depend on oxygenation at the tissue level.
In HBOT, a patient is placed in a chamber where the pressure of oxygen can be increased and controlled. Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved in all of the body’s fluids including the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. Many areas of tissue damage or cancerous growth are characterized by a low supply of oxygen and HBOT can make inroads to resupply these areas. The increased oxygen also enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly in the affected areas.
HBOT is simple, painless and non-invasive. It is used to treat many different types of conditions – some on, and others, off-label. Off-label uses include treatments for autism, cerebral palsy, lyme disease, migraine, multiple sclerosis, near drowning, recovery from plastic surgery, sports injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injury and, of course, cancer.
Overall, HBOT is extremely safe when performed under medical supervision. Most common side effects include reversible barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by change of pressure. Sometimes changes in vision may also occur temporarily.