HBOT (Hyperbaric oxygen therapy)


This is not me!

However, I have spent my mornings this week doing this.

It’s called hyperbaric oxygen therapy. HBOT for short. And it involves going into a big cylinder that is pressurised above atmospheric pressure and breathing 100% oxygen for an hour a day. For a more extensive account of the therapy and  how it works see my page on the subject here.

The idea is that your blood becomes very oxygen rich which has all sorts of benefits, especially for the brain. The centre I am using is the Chiltern MS centre, which is very convenient for me and, being a charity, is not too extortionate. It is very beneficial to MS sufferers and this is the focus of their work but it is recognised that it helps a wide range of people and so a small proportion of the sessions are released for non MS patients. The type of patients who use it are people who have brain injuries, general injuries and infections, ME sufferersf, diabetics etc. I am fortunate to be able to be accommodated and, I must say, the centre is a fantastic facility.

I attach some interesting articles below if you want to know more about the therapy. I am monitoring my own response to the treatments, which will be daily for 3 weeks  (week ends off) so I will let you know the outcome in a few weeks. Although it is supposed to be beneficial for cancer, since Bob has gone, my main interest is in clearing the ‘brain fog’ that is evident on the MRI scan and caused by the radiotherapy rather than the tumour. It is what has made me more forgetful than I used to be and although everyone says it’s no more than someone ‘of my age’ might expect, I’m a bit  miffed by it because I know I hadn’t used to be like this a couple of months ago. This ‘brain fog’ is well-known to those of us who have had our brains irradiated. Of course it’s a small price to pay to keep Bob at bay but nevertheless, if I can halt or reverse it, I will be delighted.

It will be interesting to see if it helps my speech, spellings and maths, but since that is due to the bit that is missing after surgery, it would be a real surprise and added joy if that improves.

Here are a few articles to give you more information if you are interested.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. (a good overview of what HBOT is and does.) (The Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Trust)

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for radiation-induced brain injury in children (research article)

Radiotherapy  And Hyperbaric Oxygen In Head And Neck Cancer: (Lancet article.)

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and cancer—a review (scientific review.)

The Ketogenic Diet and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Prolong Survival in Mice with Systemic Metastatic Cancer. (research article.)

My cancer story (Andrew Scarborough). (Blog on the experience of HBOT by a GBM sufferer.)



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