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Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Helps Leukemia Patient

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An alternative therapy best known for treating scuba divers suffering from "the bends" is gaining credibility within mainstream medicine. High pressure oxygen could help your loved ones.\r\n\r\nThe air we normally breathe contains about 20 percent oxygen, but patients who take a dive inside the submarine-looking device get saturated with 100 percent oxygen.\r\n\r\nTwo years ago, when Carson Cloyd had a life threatening fungal infection, doctors rushed him to hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Carson's mother, Dr. Kathlyn Ignacio, also had to watch her son battle back from leukemia.\r\n\r\n"Carson is high energy," she said.\r\n\r\nDr. Ignacio says despite chemotherapy, Carson's energy level was so impressive following his hyperbaric treatments, she spread the word to other cancer patients.\r\n\r\n"So then getting other children that were on maintenance chemo to start HBOT and we found the same results - they hade more energy, they felt better," Dr. Ignacio said.\r\n\r\nInside the pressurized tubes, patients - and their parents if they care to join in - are supercharged with oxygen which jump starts the immune system, a process that has Carson feeling good.\r\n\r\nAlthough the results from hyperbaric medicine are largely unproven, mainstream medical fields are starting to use the therapy in cases of autism, stroke and traumatic brain injuries.\r\n\r\n"Right at this moment we have a physician with a bad knee inside one of our chambers. We are getting more and more oncologists sending their patients for post operative care," Healing Chambers San Diego Center founder Bob Sands said.\r\n\r\nDespite some patients suffering from slight ear congestion, Sands says the treatment has a 90 percent success rate.\r\n\r\n"Even though we don't have any data to support that the reason he's doing so well is the HBOT, we've really been afraid to stop. He's just been doing so well on the treatment that we've just kept it going," Dr. Ignacio said.\r\n\r\nAt 8 years old, Carson has become quite the movie buff. He's undergone more than 200 hyperbaric treatments, and that's how he passes the time.\r\n\r\nHealth insurance companies usually only pay for hyperbaric oxygen therapy when it treats a life threatening ailment. Without insurance, a 90-minute session costs around $200.
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