Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments

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Hopeful in MD
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 11/29/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
For David in SC
 
My hyperbaric oxygen treatments were daily, except weekends and holidays, for 2 hrs each.  No pain, just anxiety about being enclosed in a plexiglass tube sized for one.  Also, concern about clearing my ears; they increased the pressure in the chamber to 2.5 times atmospheric pressure.  And, most of all, fear of needing to use the rest room during the 2 hrs.  Fortunately, I never had to.
 
I was not allowed to take any materials into the chamber.  Wore only a cotton gown, had my wedding ring taped, to avoid any static electricity - I didn't want to make headlines by creating an explosion in the chamber. 
 
One final comment: the doctor and three nurses who operated the facility and the office staff were top notch.  I'm going to honor them this coming Tuesday with a "Humanitarian Award" presentation and a cake that says: "To the Angels of the Baltimore Washington Wound Care Center - Thank You"
 
Gene in Md
Age 70.
Dx Dec 07. PSA 8.4. DRE confirmed tumor. Three of six positive. Gleason: 6 (3+3). Seeds Iodine 125 Jan 08. PSA's 3.9, 1.7. Rising PSA's: 2.3, 3.4, 3.9, indicating  seeds not working.  April 09 began HT with Lupron 30 MG ea. 4 mos.  Side effects hot flashes, severe fatigue until mid-July. Jun 09 - Onco DRE negative for nodules - hooray!!! Aug 09 - PSA 0.5!!!  Lupron working! Aug. 21 - 2nd Lupron shot.  Aug. 31 - hyperbaric oxygen for rectal bleeding (radiation proctitis).  40 sessions as of Nov. 9.   Nov. 5 sigmoid exam - gastro "oxygen not working." Hyperbaric doc "they are" confirmed by Nov pics compared to Sep. Will continue treatments up to 60, the max nr for one course of treatments. 


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/29/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Gene, thanks for the explanation and description. I had never heard of that treatment before. If I can push your patience once more, how would increasing oxyegen and pressure help the rectal bleeding? I may be missing the obvious here. Wouldnt want to be spooked about small places in what you describe.

David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place

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