Friday, February 17, 2012

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Radiation Injury: Important New Clinical Evidence Published in Cancer

The use of hyperbaric oxygen for delayed soft tissue radionecrosis (STRI) and osteoradionecrosis (bony necrosis) just got another healthy dose of first-rate clinical evidence. For eight years investigators, led by Neil Hampson and UHMS president-elect John Feldmeier, tracked outcomes in patients receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatment for radiation injury after cancer therapy at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. They noted significantly positive results in patients with injuries of the jaw, skin, larynx, bladder, and bowel. Read "Prospective assessment of outcomes in 411 patients treated with hyperbaric oxygen for chronic radiation tissue injury" in the journal Cancer [DOI: 10.1002/cncr.26637]. Or there's an excellent summary on MedWire News.

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