Defeating breast cancer is often not the end of the battle. With the advent of breast conserving therapies such as lumpectomy, radiation is more commonplace. However as a consequence so are the side effects such as late radiation-induced tissue toxicity (LRITT). LRITT occurs to the normal, adjacent tissues and can occur months to many years later. It can present as skin changes, pain, swelling, limitation in movement or impaired healing after reconstructive surgery. These problems can have significant and lasting impact on the quality of life. Therapeutic options are limited. Hyperbaric therapy however has been shown to significantly reduce the impact of the late effects of radiation after breast cancer.
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