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Cancer + Hyperbarics

Cancer is a condition in which a body's abnormal cells divide out of control and invade other tissues. These cells can also enter into the bloodstream and lymph systems, spreading to other parts of the body.

According to the CDC, in 2020, over 1.6 million new cancer cases were reported, and over 600,000 individuals lost their life to this tragic disease. Cancer is considered a leading cause of death worldwide.

Because this condition is so prevalent within our communities, the research regarding treatment and combatting the devastating effects is also constant. Recently, there has been quite a bit of research regarding the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in conjunction with traditional cancer treatments (radiation and chemotherapy) to obtain optimal treatment doses for patients, stimulate tumor regression, and reduce the side effects of those conventional treatments.

According to the International Hyperbarics Association, here are the demonstrated benefits of utilizing HBOT in tandem with traditional cancer treatment options:

Enhance "Conventional" Cancer Therapies & Treatments With HBOT:

  • Reduces tumor hypoxia, which translates to better radiation therapy results, improved chemotherapy outcome, and enhanced brain treatment

  • Decreases tumor drug resistance

  • Allows for optimal therapy dosage to be attained

  • Increases post-op fibroblast activation

Reduce Side Effects of "Conventional" Cancer Therapies & Treatments With HBOT:

  • Reduces radiation therapy side effects

  • Decreases chemotherapy side effects

  • Accelerates post-operative healing and prevents infection

  • Reduces chemo-brain syndrome symptoms

Enhance IV Cancer Treatments With HBOT:

  • Increases intravenous vitamin C therapy effect

  • Enhances chemotherapy uptake

Reduce Tumor Aggressiveness With HBOT:

  • Weakens hypoxic tumors

  • Targets metastatic tumors

Increase Natural Killer Cell Activity & Function With HBOT:

  • Increases oxy-radical production

  • Amplifies apoptosis effect

  • Regresses tumor volume

Cancer Prevention With HBOT:

  • Decreases inflammatory markers

  • Normalizes intracellular oxygen levels

  • Stimulates cellular detoxification

  • Reduces risk of pathogenic inflammatory-related tumors

  • Supports cellular energy processes for optimal DNA repair

If you or someone you know is facing this condition and would like further information regarding cancer and HBOT, reach out to our office at 515-421-4002.


Cancer Data and Statistics | CDC. (n.d.).

International Hyperbarics Association. (2019). Cancer & Hyperbarics [Pamphlet]. International Hyperbarics Association.


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