Dr. Helen Gelley from Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia answers a reader’s question about cancer survivors having chronic problems with radiation.
Q: Can anything be done for cancer survivors experiencing chronic problems from radiation?
A: Depending on location of their radiation treatment, cancer survivors may experience poorly-healing wounds, pain, or bleeding with urination or bowel movements, among others. Fortunately, in Atlanta hyperbaric medicine (HBO) programs are widely available, including in the suburbs. HBO has been shown in published studies to be very effective at resolving these late effects of radiation, and insurance covers HBO for problems related to previous radiation treatment. A great source for more information is the “HBO Indications” page of www.uhms.org.