Portable Oxygen Concentrators for Cancer Treatment

Patients with lung cancer experiencing shortness of breath can in turn, start to have a dangerously low blood oxygen level. A low blood oxygen level will further cause complications and make you feel even worse. If you have a good chance of survival, further complications from shortness of breath that usually goes along with lung cancer is definitely something that needs to be treated.

Your doctor might determine that you need to use oxygen therapy, if your blood oxygen level is below where it should be. This would be diagnosed with a few tests, including a blood test. By looking at the results, he or she will be able to write a prescription for how much oxygen you need to be getting, how often, and during which daily activities or specific times of the day you will need to use it.

Depending on the dosage of oxygen you need, you might be able to get a portable oxygen concentrator that will meet those needs. While you are being treated for a low blood oxygen level due to lung cancer, you will need to be traveling back and forth to doctor appointments and doing some walking.

If you have lung cancer, it's very likely that just walking to and from the car can cause shortness of breath. You might even be having a hard time breathing for a while after you've sat down. This is mostly likely when you will need to use your portable oxygen concentrator. If you are sitting in a waiting room, or if you've walked in the house after coming home from an appointment, you won't need to worry about where you will need to stay seated to receive the oxygen therapy.

The great thing about treating low blood oxygen due to lung cancer with a portable model, is being able to move around without worrying about shortness of breath. You'll be able to conserve battery power and give it a charge up while you are sitting still by plugging it into a power source, or you can go about your day on the portable oxygen concentrator's battery power. This will not only give you a great sense of relief and freedom, but you'll be getting the oxygen your body needs to recover, or at least feel better than you would have otherwise.

Not receiving enough oxygen, especially while you are sick, isn't just dangerous. You will begin to feel fatigued and weak, suffering from headaches and body aches. You also won't be able to fight back against the cancer if you have a chance to recover, which many people do, if the lung cancer was caught in an early stage. If not, at least you will be able to live out the rest of your days feeling better, without the symptoms of not receiving enough oxygen.

Of course, you should always follow your doctor's prescription and never change the setting on your portable oxygen concentrator, from your prescribed dosage setting. You should also use it only for the amount of time each day prescribed by your doctor. Oxygen is considered a medication, which is why you need a prescription to get one of our oxygen concentrators, and it should be treated as such.

About Scott Ridl: Scott joined American Medical Sales and Rentals in 2008 as a Web Manager and Content Writer. He is a writer and designer. He is extensively trained on oxygen therapy products from leading manufacturers such as Inogen, Respironics, Chart, Invacare, ResMed and more. Scott works closely with respiratory therapists and oxygen specialists to educate the community about oxygen therapy products, COPD, asthma and lung diseases. He writes weekly columns and is passionate about educating the community on oxygen therapy and respiratory issues.

7 thoughts on “Portable Oxygen Concentrators for Cancer Treatment”

  • Debbie Sun

    Hi does a normal oxygen concentrator work for cancer and at what strength litres per minute thanks

    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, Debbie. We always advise that you speak with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to work with you to prescribe you a solution that will work for your individual medical condition and needs.

  • James

    My mom has had lung cancer now about 3 years her Dr also now has her on oxygen 24/7 and has written her a prescription for a portable because the tanks only last around an hour or so. Her insurance will not cover it and her oxygen company that's available in her area don't carry them. If anyone has any suggestions on a free portable or a very discounted one it would be greatly appreciated

    • Danielle Jason

      Thank you for your comment, James. Here at AMSR we have several options for the budget conscious consumer. We have gently-used discounted units and financing options available. If you'd like you can reach out to one of our Oxygen Specialists at 877-774-9271 to see what options we have available.

  • Vithal Chhatralia
    Vithal Chhatralia April 8, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Can oxygen help bone cancer patient?

  • Christine

    Trying to find free portable concentrator in Australia


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