oa Wound Healing Southern Africa - Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for complications of radiotherapy : general review



The increase in the available scientific evidence to support the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the treatment of complications of radiotherapy has contributed to it being accepted in most treatment algorithms.

The goal of radiotherapy is to irradiate tumours with minimal adverse effects on the surrounding normal tissue. With the limitations of living tissue's tolerance to radiation, optimal dosage schedules are followed that provide an acceptable benefit to damage ratio for the patient. Oncologists are acutely aware that their patients' quality of life is as important as treating their malignancies. In spite of major improvements in the field of radiotherapy, side-effects of this therapy still occur. Oncologists have noticed that some patients are more sensitive to radiotherapy than others and that these patients are also more sensitive to radiation damage than those who do not respond to the treatment to the same degree. There is no way to accurately predict who will experience the worst side-effects.


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