The Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
for Cancer Patients...

Participants of the January 15, 2015 Thrivers Connection Series were treated to a tour of the Capital District's only multi-person hyperbaric oxygen chamber at St. Mary's Hospital Mobile Hyperbaric Center by Kevin Harrison, MD, and Sean Cossey, CHT, HBOT. Detailed below is a summary of their presentation to the Thriver group.

Sean Cossey, CHT, HBOT, Program Manager of St. Mary's Hospital Mobile Hyperbaric Centers, spoke to the Thrivers' Education Group and shows attendees the individual oxygen head gear during the tour.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a treatment modality that entails breathing 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber. Blood plasma becomes hypersaturated, absorbing 10-20 times the normal amount of oxygen, which allows greater oxygenation of the tissues.

Oxygen Therapy has been frequently used for wound healing related to complications from such diagnoses as diabetes. Radiation treatment for cancer diagnoses causes vascular injury to tissues that can persist for years after radiation is completed. Common effects of this may include chronic pain and compromised wound healing. Cancer patients who have had radiation may want to consider Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy prior to any surgery to tissues that have been radiated such as the neck/jaw or breast. HBOT is 90% effective at healing all radiation-induced injuries, and 98% effective at treating osteoradionecrosis.

According to Dr. Harrison, Program Director, HBOT is "under appreciated and under utilized" as a healing therapy for cancer Thrivers who undergo radiation treatments. Referrals to the St. Mary's Hospital Mobile Hyperbaric Center must be made by your physician or physician's assistant. For more information, visit or contact:

Kevin E. Harrison, MD, Program Director

  • 518-268-5955

    Sean C. Cossey, CHT, HBOT Program Manager
  • 518-268-5955

    St. Mary's Hospital Massry Center
    147 Hoosick Street
    Troy, NY 12180