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Case Study 4


Breast Cancer Survivor

60 year-old breast cancer survivor with a large non-healing wound of the left breast due to radiation tissue damage. Required weekly surgical debridements, which resulted in necrosis due to inadequate blood supply to irradiated wound bed. The patient was at risk for necrosis through the chest wall. She received 50 hyperbaric sessions with 100% O2 for 90 minutes@ 2 atmospheres. The wound eventually closed and filled in with little defect.