Life Begins At...

Autumn 2019

Life Begins At.....

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lifebeginsat.com.au 133 Autumn 2019 M A R K E T P L A C E H E A LT H With the reduced saliva fl ow, it causes accumulation of dental plaque and increased retention of food particles between teeth, promoting recurrent caries. Post radiation, the saliva pH and buffer capacity is lowered, promoting growth of fungus, Candida albicans, as well as accelerated tooth wear, dental erosion and infection. A saliva test is an excellent way of being able to identify patients with this particular problem, and it provides the framework around which their management can be based. Step 1: Saliva test is at the beginning of their treatment Step 2: Saliva test after the course of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT Step 3: Saliva test at six weeks after the end of treatment of HBOT Dr Ohnmar Aung, MB,BS, FANZCA, is the Principal Investigator for the Wesley Hyperbaric. Treating post radiation treatment conditio ns with hyperbaric oxygen therapy Have you undergone radiation for head and neck cancer and now experience a dry mouth – (Xerostomia?) Wesley Hyperbaric wants to hear from you. If you would like to be involved in this study or need more information: 07 3371 6033 reception@wesleyhyperbaric.com.au www.wesleyhyperbaric.com.au X erostomia is the most common complication in patients who have had radiation to the head and neck area for the treatment of cancer. Salivary fl ow may continue to decline for up to several months after radiotherapy. Thereafter, some recovery is possible up to 12 to 18 months after radiotherapy depending on the radiation dose received by the salivary glands and the volume of salivary gland included in the irradiation fi elds. However, generally, xerostomia develops into an irreversible, life-long problem. Are you willing to participate in a study to improve the salivary fl ow for treatment of Dry Mouth? When used for cancer treatment, radia on can some mes impact how oxygen passes through the so ssues that the body relies on to recover and repair itself. By using a pressurised environment to increase oxygen levels in your blood, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy could help you overcome so ssue radia on injury, and get your life back. Along with being non-invasive, safe and cost-effec ve, this treatment is medically proven – acknowledged by Medicare and most heath funds. As a licensed day hospital located within the Wesley Hospital precinct, we are fully equipped and ready to help you recover faster. To learn more about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, visit our website or get in touch with us today. On your next GP visit, ask for a referral. wesleyhyperbaric.com.au/stri 07 3371 6033 Breathe new life into your body. See how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy could help you overcome so ssue radia on injury.

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