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Therapy treatments help alleviate radiation damage from cancer

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After beating cancer, patients who undergo radiation therapy sometimes discover a hidden complication that may not come to light until years after treatment. Radiation causes a lack of oxygen in the body’s tissues, but visible symptoms of soft tissue radiation injury may not occur until as much as 20 years later.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reverses the causes of the radiation injury. While receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatments, patients are surrounded by 100 percent oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressure, which enables oxygen molecules to pass through the plasma to the body to speed up healing.

For more information about radiation injury and treating and preventing chronic wounds, contact the Johnson Memorial Wound Healing Center at one of two locations; Johnson Memorial Hospital Campus, 1125 W. Jefferson St., 1159 Building, Suite 305; and Center Grove Professional Office Building at State Road 135 and Stones Crossing Road.

Call 346-2700 or visit www.johnsonmemorial.org.

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