Six years ago Bellingen’s Neil Taggart was found to have a squamous cell carcinoma on his face. It spread, and as a result, Neil underwent radical surgery – losing half his jaw, and his left-side lymph nodes, and he had to have 31 episodes of radiotherapy.
Though a vital step in tackling the cancer, Neil’s radiotherapy did not come without side-effects; scar tissue formed around his jaw and reduced the localised blood flow. As a result, his bones started to deteriorate and he was having increasing troubles with his teeth.
His doctor prescribed Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), and Neil was sent to Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital for more than a month-long treatment.
‘It was a very troubling time for me. I was already pretty crook, and there I was, sent down to Sydney for more than a month and getting myself to and from the hospital every day for the treatments.
‘Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I did it, but if I could have had the treatments somewhere locally, the whole experience would have been far less unsettling and stressful, and it would have saved me a packet’.