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Cancer Lett. 2001 Mar 26;164(2):149-54.

Radiotherapy after hyperbaric oxygenation improves radioresponse in experimental tumor models.

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Department of Radiation Biology and Health, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health (UOEH), 1-1 Iseigaoka, Yahatanishi-ku, 807-8555, Kitakyushu, Japan.


We examined the effect of radiotherapy after hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) breathing in experimental tumors using a tumor growth delay assay. Tumor models used were SCCVII (radiobiological hypoxic fraction: approximately 10%) and 9L tumors (containing less hypoxic cells) subcutaneously transplanted into C3H/He mice and Fisher 344 rats, respectively. Irradiation using X-rays was locally administered to the tumors immediately after decompression. HBO breathing enhanced the radiation response in SCCVII tumors but not in 9L ones. In the next experiment using SCCVII tumors, irradiation was administered 5, 15, 30, and 90 min after decompression. A significant growth delay was seen in the treated animals within 30 min after HBO breathing, and the tumor growth delay time was prolonged 1.61 times as long as that in radiotherapy alone. We concluded that: (1) radiotherapy after HBO breathing is effective for tumors with hypoxic cells; and (2) the time lapse from decompression to irradiation is an important factor in improving radiosensitivity. Radiotherapy after HBO breathing can be used to enhance the efficacy of clinical treatments.

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