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Hours of therapy to heal wounds; FOOTBALL ACE ASKS TO SEE RADIATION BLUNDER GIRL.

LISA'S treatment in a decompression chamber is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Starting on Monday, she will spend an hour in the chamber six days a week for a fortnight.

It will be three months before doctors know her long-term future but hyperbaric therapy is known as an effective treatment for radiation wounds.

It involves breathing in pure oxygen while in a sealed chamber at 1.5 to 3 times normal atmospheric pressure.

Research has shown it can prevent bone damage caused by radiation.

It has also been used to help treat soft tissue radiation injuries, another symptom of excess radiation.

When cancer patients are given radiotherapy, the centre of a tumour gets the most radiation.

This results in a reduction in tissue oxygen tension from the normal skin to the wound bed.

Hyperbaric therapy can make the oxygen gradient rise, helping trigger the healing process in patients with radiation tissue damage.

Lisa will go in a single chamber, a 7ft clear plastic tube. Patients lie on a padded table that slides into the tube.

The chamber is then gradually pressurised with pure oxygen.

Lisa has been warned side-effects include fatigue, headache and mild sinus trouble.

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