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New Roles for Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy in brain tumours

September 24, 2013

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is now being used in conjunction with both chemotherapy and radiotherapy for its ability to help increase the sensitivity of both treatments for malignant brain tumours. The authors go over some of the new protocols being deployed, with one of them being radiation therapy given within 15 minutes from hyperbaric exposure. This allows more oxygen into the brain, thus making the radiation therapy more effective. In addition, carboplatin-based chemotherapy combined with hyperbaric oxygen shows a significant advantage in survival for recurrent malignant brain tumours.