Osteoradionecrosis and HBOT

Great article from our local Virginia Mason Medical Center on the benefits of HBOT for post radiation therapy.

(Credit: Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle WA)

Osteoradionecrosis (ORN) is bone that has died as a complication of radiation therapy. It occurs because radiation inevitably destroys normal cells and blood vessels, as well as tumor cells. Damage to the small arteries reduces circulation to the area, depriving it of oxygen and other necessary nutrients. This process is gradual and may take many months or years to appear.

If you require surgery to the affected area, the wound may not heal. Oxygen delivered at hyperbaric pressures has been shown to produce new blood vessels in the irradiated area and stimulate wound healing. This results in a long-term improvement in the quality of the tissue.

There are two reasons why hyperbaric oxygen is given to radiation patients:

To prevent osteoradionecrosis following dental extraction: Studies show that the chance of getting ORN is reduced from 28 percent to 5 percent with hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

To repair damage from established osteoradionecrosis: Improvement is documented in 83 percent of cases treated with hyperbaric oxygen.
You may need to have surgery or dental work. If you do not have osteoradionecrosis, you will require a course of 20 treatments prior to your surgery and 10 treatments immediately following surgery. If you already have osteoradionecrosis, you will typically need 30 treatments prior to surgery and 10 after.

Dry Mouth:
If you had radiation to the head and neck region, you may be experiencing a reduction in saliva. This may affect your speech and swallowing. Some hyperbaric patients have found that salivation has improved during their course of treatment.

How it all works:
The air we breathe contains 21 percent oxygen. This can be increased to 100 percent if we breathe 100 percent oxygen via a mask or hood (personalized oxygen tent surrounding your head). The body’s oxygen supply can be increased by a further two or three times by entering a hyperbaric chamber and receiving 100 percent oxygen at increased pressure.

Oxygen delivered in this manner can be ‘dissolved’ into the blood stream and body tissues at a far greater rate than if we did not use pressure.

A short two-hour treatment has lasting effects and, like any medication, oxygen will be given to you as a ‘course of treatments’. Hyperbaric oxygen works over a period of time and for permanent effects, the entire course must be completed.

The benefits to you include:
Increasing oxygen promotes tiny new blood vessels to grow inside and around the radiation site. As you grow more blood vessels, more oxygen rich blood can reach the affected area.

Decreasing swelling (edema) around the radiation site. Decreasing the swelling allows the blood to flow more freely to the area, bringing with it oxygen.

High oxygen levels increase the ability of the ‘infection fighting’ cells (white blood cells) to kill bacteria.

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Oxygen boosts your energy and it helps prevent the lactic acid build up that can hinder recovery time when exercising. It also plays a part in repair and growth of muscle tissue.

“Extra oxygen enables you to recover more quickly from exertion. It allows someone to train and then exercise again.” Dr John Brewer, head of sports science at Lilleshall Human Performance Centre: Health and Fitness 1999.

“Oxygen can clear your head, help eliminate toxins and give you a mind high.” Andy Davison, exercise physiologist.

“If you use oxygen for 20 minutes, muscles become loosened; headaches and stress seem to disappear. There is a renewed energy and a feeling of relaxation. I am confident oxygen works.” Dr Richard de Andrea: Sunday Herald.

“Oxygen increases alertness, improves body’s ability to burn fat and enhances physical performance.” Howard Robbins DPM for The Journal.

“An insufficient supply of oxygen to the tissues is linked with such serious conditions as heart disease, anaemia, acute poisonings, etc. Many scientists believe that a periodic lack of oxygen must be held responsible for the formation of cancer cells, thus being one of the causes of cancer.” Dr Paavo Airola

Within all serious diseases, low oxygen levels are always apparent. Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the tissues, is the fundamental cause for all degenerative disease.” Dr Stephen Levine, renowned molecular biologist author: Oxygen Deficiency, a concomitant to all degenerative illness.

New funding spurs autism and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy research at SFU

It is so exciting to hear of the success and progress being made in using HBOT for kids with Autism.

Sherri Ferguson, director of SFU’s Environmental Medicine and Physiology Unit (EMPU)—Canada’s only civilian hypo/hyperbaric research chamber—is busy with renovations in preparation for new research projects that include investigations into whether Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can be used to treat autism.

Earlier this month, SFU received a $500,000 commitment from Central City Brewing and Distillery president Darryl Frost and his wife Lee, to support autism research in the EMPU.

The funds will establish the Callum Frost Professorship in Translational Research in Autism, named for the Frosts’ son, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) two years ago at aged three.

Diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder, a type of autism, Callum’s behaviour included tantrums, self-beating, aggressiveness and anxiety, but after undergoing HBOT he experienced significant benefits.

“He was an extremely low-functioning child, unable to do anything for himself, including feeding, dressing and communicating,” says Lee Frost. “However, with dietary changes and intense hyperbaric therapy he is now talking in sentences and is more compliant. He no longer has sensory issues or shows any of the behaviours that once engulfed him, and attends kindergarten with an aid. He is now toilet-trained, can feed and dress himself and has more confidence than his twin brother. Our son is coming back to us fast and furious.”

Convinced that HBOT was the key to Callum’s recovery, the Frosts began planning how they could help other families, and connected with Ferguson and Peter Ruben, associate dean for research in the Faculty of Science.

Together, they developed the plan for establishing the professorship.

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Direct Pressure to Oxygen Molecules

Direct Pressure to Oxygen Molecules – Inside the hyperbaric chamber, oxygen molecules are compressed and become more soluble, obeying the scientific principles of Boyle’s Universal Gas Law. This phenomenon allows oxygen to effortlessly cross cell membranes and enter all of the body’s fluid systems, including plasma, synovial, lymphatic, interstitial (between cells) and cerebrospinal fluids. Normally, only the red blood cells are capable of transporting oxygen throughout the body. Now, all body fluids combine to provide alternate transport routes for extra oxygen and cumulatively can provide up to 20 times normal O2.

HBOT and Antibiotics

Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is an effective adjunct to antibiotics and surgery, the traditional treatments for osteomyelitis. When bacteria involved in anaerobic , meaning they thrive in low oxygen environments, hyberbaric oxygen kills them and stops them from replicating, spreading , and releasing damaging toxins. HBOT may also improve circulation , boost the effect of antibiotics , deliver infection fighting blood components to the infection site, and accelerate bone growth and healing.

HBOT and Healogics National Diabetes Campaign Oct. 27 to 31

Program directors across the nation will dedicate the week to providing education to local physician offices to help staff identify diabetic patients with or at risk of having ulcers of the lower extremity. Patients with diabetes often suffer from nerve damage in their feet which predisposes them to ulcer formation and infection. These wounds can take a long time to heal and require a specialized treatment approach.

William T. Conklin, Medical Director, Jefferson Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Centers, said that non-healing ulcers of the feet are one of the most significant complications of diabetes that greatly affect a person’s quality of life.

“Our wound care team provides a variety of therapies, including debridement, specialized dressings, pressure relief with total contact casting, as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). By providing 100 percent oxygen to non-healing ulcers, HBOT has proven to be an extremely effective treatment, often the most important step in the healing process for diabetic patients.”“ said Dr. Conklin.

There are approximately 29 million people living with diabetes in the U.S., and of those, some 15 percent will develop an ulcer of the lower extremity, according to Healogics, Inc. Left untreated, these ulcers can impair quality of life and may lead to amputation. Early detection and intervention can help to mitigate the possibility of limb loss.

“Diabetics represent approximately 60 percent of non-traumatic lower limb amputations among people 20 years and older,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Officer for Healogics, Inc. “It is vitally important that people with diabetes, their caregivers and physicians recognize the warning signs of diabetic foot ulcers and seek appropriate treatment immediately when an ulcer does occur.”

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HBOT effective in helping cancer patients

More than 11 million people living in the U.S. today have been diagnosed with cancer, and about half of them have received radiation therapy (radiotherapy). While improved radiotherapy techniques have increased treatment precision and reduced side effects caused by radiotherapy, the high doses of radiation used to kill cancer cells may still cause long-term damage to nearby healthy cells in some patients. By helping the blood carry more oxygen to affected areas, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been proven effective for these patients.
Long-term side effects:
For most cancer patients who experience negative effects from radiotherapy, the side effects are short-term and appear within six months of their last exposure to radiation. Depending on the patient’s sensitivity to radiotherapy, the type and dose of treatment and location of the cancer, patients may experience scarring and narrowing of the blood vessels (intimal proliferation in the arterioles) within the treatment area. This can lead to inadequate blood supply and result in chronic, long-term side effects including death or damage to soft tissues or bones (necrosis, radionecrosis or osteoradionecrosis), poor wound healing and related problems such as life-threatening infections. As many as 10 to 15 percent of patients receiving high doses of radiotherapy will experience these late side effects from radiotherapy, which may be delayed for several months or years after treatment has ended.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy(HBOT) has emerged as an effective treatment for some patients who previously had little hope of recovering from late side effects of radiotherapy. HBOT increases the amount of oxygen in the blood by exposing patients to pure oxygen within a sealed chamber set at pressures greater than the ambient atmosphere, with results that can be measured using a transcutaneous partial pressure oxygen (TCPO2) monitor before and after treatment. Experts believe HBOT helps patients by stimulating growth of new blood vessels following radiation-induced damage.

HBOT has the longest history of success in treating or preventing damage to the jaw bone resulting from radiation treatment, but has also been effectively used to treat radiation-induced damage to the head, neck, chest wall, abdomen and pelvis. For example, HBOT may prevent tooth loss or collapse of the jaw bone in patients previously treated for head or neck cancers, promote successful skin grafts or flaps following reconstructive surgery in patients treated for breast cancer, and eliminate persistent urinary bleeding (radiation cystitis) in patients treated for prostate cancer.
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