If you or a loved-one have received radiation therapy and have rectal or pelvic discomfort, you may have radiation proctitis. It is a condition that occurs as a side effect of radiation therapy used to treat cancer in the pelvic area. The radiation damages the lining of the rectum, leading to a range of symptoms such as rectal bleeding, diarrhea, urgency to have a bowel movement, and pain during bowel movements. Obviously, these symptoms can greatly impact your daily life and overall comfort.
Fortunately, there is hope: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a common standard of care for patients with radiation proctitis. The treatment is approved by the FDA, and is reimbursed by Medicare and most private insurance companies. Learn more about what hyperbaric oxygen therapy by looking here: What is HBOT?