A NASA technology has successfully reduced painful side-effects resulting from chemotherapy and radiation treatment in bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients.
The technology, known as high emissivity aluminiferous luminescent substrate (HEALS), is a type of far red/near infrared LED treatment.
In a two-year study involving 80 patients, HEALS was delivered by a device known as the WARP 75 light delivery system to treat oral mucositis – a painful side-effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
The trial results revealed a 96% chance that the reduction in pain of those in high-risk patient group was the result of HEALS treatment.
WARP 75 works by releasing long wavelengths of light that promotes healing by stimulating cells.
The system was developed by Ron Ignatius, founder and chairman of Quantum Devices in collaboration with NASA, and is currently undergoing US Food and Drug Administration premarket approval.