Hyperbaric oxygen improves quality of life for patients with breast cancer related lymphedema

Lymphedema is a common complication following treatment for breast cancer, which negatively affects quality of life (QOL).

This study looked at 19 women who presented with lymphedema 1 year after breast cancer treatment and offered them 40 sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy over a 2 month period of time. They then followed up with these women 6 months later to evaluate any changes in quality of life.

The results were promising and the participants reported significant improvements in QOL. These improvement included; physical functioning, fatigue, insomnia and breast and arm symptoms. with improvements peaking at 6-month follow-up <view study>