Hydrogel SpaceOAR


Rectal Protection for Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy Patients

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Prostate cancer treatment involves delivering a dose of radiation to the prostate that will destroy the tumor cells, but not adversely affect the patient. The newly FDA approved Hydrogel SpaceOAR is a semi-solid natural substance that is used to decrease toxicity from radiation beams to the nearby rectum. The absorbable gel is injected by a syringe between the prostate and the rectum. It pushes the rectum out of the way while treating the prostate. As a result, there is much less radiation inadvertently administered to the rectum. This can significantly improve a patient’s daily quality of life — bowel function is much less likely to be affected by scar tissue or ulceration.

Princeton Radiation Oncology is the first radiation oncology center in New Jersey to offer Hydrogel

 
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Hydrogel SpaceOAR provides a protective barrier between the prostate and the rectum to keep radiation away from sensitive rectal tissue and protect it from damage.

Benefits Include:

  • Enhanced precision and safety
  • Decreased radiation dose to healthy issue
  • Decreased side effects and complications

Hydrogel SpaceOAR Patient Testimonial