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Ozone Therapy for preventing cancer recurrance

Jina2010
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Hello.  I wanted to see if anyone has had success with preventing cancer recurrance or treating cancer using ozone therapy, and if so, which type (hyperbaric vs IV).  My mother is in remission from an aggressive uterine cancer (MMMT) and we wanted to look into this as an option but because it's not a proven treatment we are concerned about finding a legitimate place to receive this treatment.  I thank you in advance for any information you can provide for us.  

King regards,

Laura

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NoTimeForCancer
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Jina, I see none of the ladies have replied yet, and I have not heard anyone talking about ozone treatment in all the years I have been on here.  After a little poking around I found the item below, and would suggest caution about things that are out there.

Ozone therapy is a form of alternative medicine that purports to increase the amount of oxygen in the body through the introduction of ozone. It is based on pseudoscience with no verifiable benefits. Various techniques have been suggested, with purported benefits including the treatment of cancerAIDS, and multiple sclerosis, among others. An overview of the history and practice of ozone therapy was published by AM Elvis and JS Ekta in 2011.

Ozone therapy is sold as an alternative treatment for various illnesses. Beginning in 1991 the FDA has prosecuted and sent to jail several people presenting themselves as medical doctors and selling ozone therapy products as a medical cure or operating medical clinics using ozone therapy for healing human illness. Arrests following similar activity have been made in other countries as well. At least 10 deaths have been related to ozone therapy or its lack of usefulness, in nine cases there had been investigation and in eight it was discovered that the practitioners had used false credentials.

Jina2010
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Thank you NoTimeForCancer for that information, I really appreciate it.  I see that it is not a proven treatment and that does make me cautious about moving forward with it, at least not without extensive research and weighing the pros and cons.   Again, thank you so much and I wish you the best of luck on your journey as well! 

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Soup52
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I’ve never heard of ozone therapy, but I have heard that hyperbaric treatment can be used to help those who have had radiation causes bowel problems. I’m not sure how they prove that the bowel problems were caused by radiation ,but that’s what we were toLe at my local cancer group when the hyperbaric administrators visited and spoke to our group.

Jina2010
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Thank you Soup52 for that insight; that is helpful as she just finished her radiation therapy.  I'll keep that in mind for as an option to research and learn more about.  Thank you!

Northwoodsgirl
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The below article can be found at www.pubmed.gov

Author’s conclusion was needs more study/evidence and specifically calls out further studies of value for head and neck cancer but not uterine cancer. You may want to check ClinicalTrials.gov to see if there have been trials.  

 

Hyperbaric oxygenation for tumour sensitisation to radiotherapy.

Review article

Bennett MH, et al. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018.
 

Authors

Author information

1
Department of Anaesthesia, Prince of Wales Clinical School, University of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Citation

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 Apr 11;4:CD005007. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD005007.pub4.

 
Jina2010
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Thank you Northwoodsgirl for this article and sumarizing the conclusion.   I'm happy to see that research may discover potential options for treatment down the road, although not there yet.  I will look into the clinical trials.  Thank you again!

MoeKay
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Hi Jina,

I was initially approved for hyperbaric oxygen treatments for hemorrhagic radiation cystitis earlier this year.  That approval was later overturned by another level of review at the hospital which concluded that I had not tried enough other therapies without success.  I had been bleeding from my bladder for approximately four months and my urologist referred me to a hospital-based hyperbaric oxygen center for evaluation.  The urologist had performed a cystoscopy and confirmed the radiation cystitis.  I was treated with external and internal radiation 19 years ago, and did not experience any symptoms until about 5 years ago when I first had bleeding from the bladder.  Fortunately, about the time I received notification that the approval had been overturned, the bleeding stopped on its own.  I suspect that I will have future episodes of bleeding because radiation cystitis does not resolve on its own.  In fact, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is one therapy that has been shown in studies to have a high long-term rate of success in treating radiation cystitis. 

Here is a link to a list of Medicare's approved indications for HBOT:

https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy.html

All the best to you and your mom.

MoeKay

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Armywife
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I sure am sorry to hear that you were denied this therapy - and I hope that bleeding never comes back.

Northwoodsgirl
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First I am so sorry you are experiencing late radiation side effects. I think most of us fear late effects from our treatments. There is an International Society for Hyperbaric Medicine and that is a group of specialists who contribute to the body of literature supporting the clinical efficacy of using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat various medical conditions.

Commercial insurance companies have ”coverage policies” posted on their websites that are specific to hyperbaric oxygen treatments and list the specific medical criteria required for coverage (paying) for the treatments.

As mentioned by others, CMS (Medicare ) has on their website medical coverage policies referred to as “National Coverage Determinations” and/ or “Local Coverage Determinations” that are used if there is no National Coverage Determinations.

Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) are developed and implemented on a Regional basis and coverage therefore can vary by region- which is made up of a group of states. Coverage and requirement for prior authorization can vary by Region if there is no National Coverage Determinations (NCDs). If I recall correctly there are only about 11 conditions with enough solid clinical evidence for insurance companies to pay for hyperbaric treatments. 

I fear late side effects from my cancer therapies. I pray you heal soon and you suffer no further late term side effects. ((Hug))

Lori

Jina2010
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I'm sorry that you were denied treatment; I wish you the best of luck.  Thank you for the medicare link, it is very useful. 

MoeKay
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Thank you, Armywife and Lori.  It's good to know that hyperbaric oxygen is out there as a treatment for late radiation effects in certain cases.  I take it as a good thing that I did not end up qualifying for HBOT, because it means that at this point my radiation cystitis is not that bad.  Wink  It's a very expensive and time-consuming process, so it's understandable that insurers are going to want to be sure that there is strong medical evidence that the treatment works for a given medical condition.  Had I been given the green light, I was told that my course of treatment would have been a minimum of 30 hyperbaric oxygen treatments, five days a week for six weeks.  And it's not like getting radiation, which took only a few minutes per treatment.  I was told to expect to spend a minimum of 2 1/2 hours per day at the facility.  Definitely not an endeavor I would want to undertake without the strong likelihood that it would have a significant medical benefit.  Right now I'm fine and have no symptoms, so I'm extremely happy to let sleeping dogs lie.  I know, however, that if my radiation cystitis worsens, HBOT is an option out there for me if other treatment approaches my urologist tries are not successful. 

Late radiation side effects are reported to be relatively rare, in the range of 5-10%, so the odds are strongly in your favor that you will not experience them. 

MoeKay

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Tethys41
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Jina,

I have experience with ozone treatments.  If you're interested in my knowledge related to ozone, feel free to send me a private message.

 

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