Monthly Archives: August 2011
As reported in Newsday on August 23, 2011, there is an exciting study being conducted at Winthrop Hospital using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer. The head researchers theorize that by inhaling pure oxygen, patients force more oxygen into the brain, thereby allowing radiation and chemotherapy to be more effective. The researchers anticipate the success of the study because glioblastomas thrive in anaerobic conditions where oxygen is prevented from entering the tumors. Healthy brain cells, however, crave pure oxygen, which can be delivered extremely efficiently under pressure during hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The study follows up on positive findings from recent research out of Japan, which revealed greater survival rates in brain cancer patients treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Despite the anticipated positive results of the study, however, hospital-based hyperbaric facilities in Long Island do not offer the therapy for cancer patients. At HMS, we treat all patients that may benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, including cancer patients.
HMS is pleased to announce the newest member of its team – Nicholas Panza, RPA-C (“Nick”). Nick is a licensed physician assistant and is accredited to practice hyperbaric medicine. Nick will serve as a liaison between HMS’s patients and families and the physicians. He will also help lead HMS’s research and education initiatives, including the participation in various research studies.
HMS is excited to announce its Open House on Saturday, September 24, from 2pm-6pm, at its Medford location. We welcome you to stop by with family and friends to discover how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help you and your family. The guest speaker at the event will be Michael Elice, M.D., of Autism Associates. Dr. Elice and HMS’s medical director, Henry Prince, M.D., will also hold a question and answer session. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.