What is SpaceOAR® Hydrogel?
What does SpaceOAR treatment involve?
The SpaceOAR hydrogel is injected before you start radiotherapy treatment, it is a once off procedure only. 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.
What are the main benefits of treatment?
The gel pushes the rectum away from the prostate. This creates a protective gap that helps prevent damage to the rectum. The cancer cells can be accurately targeted while healthy tissue is protected, reducing many side-effects.
Who can benefit from SpaceOAR?
SpaceOAR hydrogel can be used with both internal and external radiotherapy. It’s been used during more than 17,000 procedures worldwide. But SpaceOAR isn’t for everyone. Your doctor is the best person to advise you on it.
Dr Philip Camilleri and Mr Simon Brewster talk about using hydrogel in their clinical practices.
SpaceOAR in use
The illustrations show the positioning of the SpaceOAR gel between the prostate and the rectum and the safe space created.
Is SpaceOAR safe?
SpaceOAR hydrogel has been shown in clinical studies to be safe and effective*. It’s also been approved by NICE. With the gel in place, your consultant can target your cancer while reducing the risks of side-effects compared to having radiotherapy without SpaceOAR.
You may notice some temporary discomfort at the injection site and feel full in the back passage. Both these feelings normally quickly pass. There is also a very small risk of infection that can be treated with antibiotics if required.
* (Reference: Mariados N and others. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2015; 92:971-977)
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