Are you looking at how to best tackle radiation side-effects of prostate and testicular cancer with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and nutrition?
With one in seven men being diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their life, the likelihood of many men going through radiation therapy is high.
HBOT can help treat patients who have received radiation for Prostate and Testicular cancer. Here’s a look at how HBOT along with a good nutrition plan can help.
How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy otherwise known as HBOT is administered to patients in a chamber. The patient is exposed to 100% pure oxygen. This increased exposure to oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber can offer many healing attributes. The added benefit is that hyperbaric treatment is painless and not intrusive at all. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be used to treat a host of medical conditions, including the side effects associated with radiation therapy for prostate and testicular cancer.
The Side-Effects Of Prostate Radiation
While radiation has many benefits in fighting prostate and testicular cancer, it also comes with some challenging side-effects. The potential side-effects of radiation therapy for prostate cancer include:
- Frequent urination
- Difficult or painful urination
- Blood in the urine
- Urinary leakage
- Abdominal cramping
- Painful bowel movements
- Rectal bleeding
Also, long-term complications may include:
- Proctitis (Rectal inflammation)
- Cystitis (bladder inflammation)
- Urinary or rectal bleeding
- Narrowing of the rectum or urethra
- Chronic diarrhea or urinary frequency or urgency
- Development of ulcers
HBOT Can Help Treat The Side Effects Of Radiation
HBOT is known to be an effective treatment for many patients who find themselves with late side-effects of radiation therapy. Experts believe that HBOT helps by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels which have been damaged due to radiation. HBOT is also known to be effective in treating side-effects such as incontinence, diarrhea, as well as bleeding of radiation colitis or enteritis.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the use of HBOT reported favorable results in the treatment of radiation cystitis and proctitis. The therapy helped the amount of bleeding to cease in several patients and thus helped toward some significant improvement in these patients. The constant exposure to 100% pure oxygen exposure within a hyperbaric chamber, also helps to reduce swelling and inflammation which assists in the side-effects of radiation.
The Benefits Of Nutrition In Fighting Prostate Cancer
There appears to be a positive link between nutrition and prostate cancer.
Good nutrition may help to reduce the incidence of prostate cancer as well as help to reduce its progression. The key is found in a high-fiber diet that works to reduce hormone levels that may be involved in the progression of prostate cancer. A diet that’s rich in natural fiber obtained from fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains may reduce the risk and progression of prostate cancer. Whole-grain cereals and bread are good examples of whole-grain products that can be eaten.
When going through radiation treatment for prostate cancer, the consideration of combining a healthy diet along with HBOT treatment will assist in accomplishing the best results.
Along with the correct diet, HBOT offers promising results in treating the side-effects of radiation for prostate and testicular cancer. At RegenQuest, we offer comprehensive HBOT treatment. It’s worth considering this extremely effective option to help treat any radiation side-effects that you may be struggling with. Call us today at 954-571-9392 to schedule an appointment!