A hospital porter has praised the ‘life-saving’ healing effects of a specialist chamber after he suffered cancer-related radiation damage.
Andrew Delf, of Bury St Edmunds, was referred to the James Paget University Hospital, in Great Yarmouth, to repair damage to his bowel - which resulted in blood loss – caused by radiotherapy for aggressive prostate cancer.
The 47-year-old received eight weeks of treatment in a hyperbaric chamber where oxygen is breathed at a greater level than atmospheric pressure to heal wounds.
Mr Delf, who has worked as a porter at West Suffolk Hospital for eight years, is now back on his feet and is even able to go for a run again.
He said the treatment at James Paget’s hyperbaric unit was a ‘life saver’ and without it he would have ‘gone downhill’.
He said: “Hyperbaric treatment was the last roll of the dice for me. The bleeding meant I was very tired and I had to carry a change of clothes with me.”
He praised the ‘brilliant’ staff at the hospital for their care.