What is SpaceOAR® hydrogel?
SpaceOAR hydrogel treatment is an option for men having radiation therapy for prostate cancer. It’s a water-based soft gel implant that temporarily creates a small gap between the prostate and the rectum. This gap protects the rectum from radiation exposure during prostate radiation therapy, meaning fewer side-effects.
What does SpaceOAR treatment involve?
The SpaceOAR hydrogel is injected before you start radiation therapy treatment. Once the gel is in place, most people can’t feel it.
What happens afterwards?
SpaceOAR hydrogel stays in place for around three months. After that, it’s naturally absorbed by the body and passed out in your urine.
What are the main benefits of having SpaceOAR treatment?
The gel pushes the rectum away from the prostate. This creates a protective gap that helps prevent damage to the rectum. Cancer cells can be accurately targeted while healthy tissue is preserved, reducing any side-effects.
In some cases, using SpaceOAR hydrogel may enable your consultant to increase the level of radiation treatment. This means your cancer can be treated more effectively. It can also reduce the number of treatment sessions you need.
Who can benefit from SpaceOAR?
SpaceOAR hydrogel can be used with all types of internal and external radiation therapy. It’s been used during more than 17,000 procedures. But SpaceOAR isn’t for everyone. Your doctor is the best person to advise you on it.