No out of pocket costs for people with radiotherapy injuries who are Medicare eligible and/or have Private Health Insurance.
Our specialist treatments are highly effective at healing radiotherapy injuries.
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If you have had Radiotherapy and have Associated Concerns:
Undergoing radiotherapy can lead to radiation damage and future health complications. Symptoms usually appear 12-18 months following radiotherapy treatment, although they may present earlier or later than this period.
There are a wide range of potential symptoms that may signify problematic radiation damage has occurred. Common problems arising from radiation damage can include bleeding, fibrosis, pain, reduction in movement, presence of mucus and altered bodily functions. While there is a very broad spectrum of potential problems, there is always an association between the problematic area and where the radiotherapy treatment was undertaken.
If you have any concern regarding an area of your body previously treated with radiotherapy, we encourage you to contact us so our doctors and nurses can assess your situation and advise if our treatment is appropriate for you. We can potentially change your life by healing your injury.
The treatment we use heals 85% of radiotherapy injuries where previous treatment avenues were unsuccessful.
If you have a radiotherapy injury, insufficient oxygen (underlying hypoxia) may be the reason the injury is not healing. Hypoxia means that your body is not supplying sufficient oxygenated blood to the injured area. Despite the best care in the world, a radiotherapy injury cannot heal without adequate blood supply, as it is not receiving required oxygen and nutrients to facilitate healing.
The majority of radiotherapy injuries we treat exist because there are not enough small blood vessels around the injured area (micro vascular insufficiency). Radiotherapy injuries cannot heal until there are enough small blood vessels delivering oxygen and nutrients to the injured area.
The first thing that must be achieved before you can expect an injury to heal is to deliver oxygenated blood to the wound area, which is why we offer hyperbaric treatment to treat your injury. Hyperbaric treatment is able to heal radiotherapy induced injuries by helping the body to grow new small blood vessels (micro vascular systems). The only way to grow new small blood vessels (neoangiogenesis) is to undergo hyperbaric treatment where you breathe pure oxygen in a hyperbaric unit.
These new blood vessels allow oxygenated and nutrient rich blood to reach the injured area so the injury can start healing. We can create an ideal environment for your injury to heal. The injuries we heal generally do not come back as the body’s new small blood vessels are usually able to adequately sustain the tissue around the injury.
Hyperbaric treatment is painless and fixes the main reason why wounds do not heal by addressing underlying the lack of small blood vessels (micro vascular insufficiency).
Despite where you are on your healing journey, it is worth contacting Wound Hospitals to discuss your situation so we can help you create an appropriate treatment plan. We can also work with your health care professional, informing them of your progress. If you have a radiotherapy injury that is not healing, we may be able to assist you to better health.
For people with radiotherapy injuries, treatment is covered by Medicare and the major health funds.
We bulk bill, have no gap payments for major health funds and DVA (Department of Veterans’ Affairs), and are licensed and fully accredited private hospitals.
In many cases we can assist with organising patient transport to and from our hospitals.
We also have a range of subsidised possibilities open to patients who qualify for accommodation support because they live a significant distance away from our hospitals. We help patients from intrastate, interstate and overseas who require accommodation during the course of their treatment. Please ask us about these options if you believe they may be relevant to you.
You do not necessarily have to accept the radiotherapy injury as a continuing part of your life. We don’t accept it. Let’s work together to heal your injury.
To initiate a conversation about healing your injury, you can call us on 13 96 86 (13 WOUND), start a live chat with us online or visit one of our hospitals.