Prostate cancer

So that we can give you better outcomes and fewer side effects, we provide SpaceOAR® Hydrogel as part of our standard treatment, at no extra cost.

What is prostate cancer?

Only men have a prostate gland. Prostate cancer happens when cells start to grow abnormally. It can grow slowly to begin with and have no symptoms, so it can be difficult to detect.

If prostate cancer is found before it has spread it’s easier to treat. You may be offered a combination of therapies including surgery, radiotherapy (utilising SpaceOAR® Hydrogel) and hormone therapy.

What causes prostate cancer?

The prostate gland is located underneath the bladder, around the urethra, and is about the shape and size of a walnut. It makes prostate fluid, one of the components of semen, and a protein called prostate specific antigen (PSA).

  • Prostate cancer happens when abnormal cells in the prostate multiply, causing a tumour
  • These cancerous cells can grow throughout the prostate and through the capsule surrounding the prostate
  • They can spread to other areas including bone and lymph nodes. This is known as secondary prostate cancer

How quickly does prostate cancer progress?

  • Prostate cancer is usually slow growing
  • Most men without symptoms (low grade prostate cancer) can live for many years without it spreading and becoming life-threatening
  • As men live longer, prostate cancer is causing more problems
  • Treatment is often recommended to kill off cancerous cells before they spread
  • Early detection and careful monitoring and/or treatment are important

Ian's battle with prostate cancer

What causes prostate cancer?

The exact cause of prostate cancer isn’t known. However, some factors are known to increase the risk. Prostate cancer is rare before the age of 40, and the risk increases after age 50.

Risk factors also include:

  1. Diet and lifestyle

  2. A strong family history of prostate cancer

  3. Specific genetic conditions, which are also associated with breast cancer and ovarian cancer in women (BRCA mutations)

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SpaceOAR® Hydrogel for prostate cancer

What is SpaceOAR® Hydrogel ?

SpaceOAR® Hydrogel is an option for men having radiotherapy 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 radiotherapy, meaning fewer side-effects.

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With a network of 14 specialist oncology treatment centres across the UK, we provide the most up-to-date treatments and technology as standard. We attract and retain some of the most experienced doctors in the country, who all have a passion for improving patient outcomes and specialise in the treatment of different types of cancer.
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