Rectal Protection for Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy Patients
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
- Enhanced precision and safety
- Decreased radiation dose to healthy issue
- Decreased side effects and complications
Hydrogel SpaceOAR Patient Testimonial