SpaceOAR hydrogel is clinically proven to reduce the long-term side effects associated with radiotherapy. These include:
- Rectal bleeding
- Bowel dysfunction
The treatment is designed to improve quality of life as well as sexual function.
What is SpaceOAR and why is it used?
SpaceOAR stands for Spacing Organs at Risk. It is a hydrogel that is injected into the body, which is designed to reduce radiation damage to the rectum when you are having treatment for prostate cancer.
What can I expect from the treatment?
The treatment involves a minimally invasive procedure, which is done under anaesthetic (it may be either local or general). It takes around 30 minutes.
Our Consultant Urologist uses a needle to inject the gel into the area between your prostate and rectum.
The soft gel acts as a spacer between the prostate and the rectum, reducing how much radiation your healthy tissue is exposed to during radiotherapy treatment.
The gel is made largely of water. Following the radiotherapy, the gel breaks down and is naturally cleared from your body within 3-6 months.
For further information about SpaceOAR or to book an appointment contact our team on 01903 506 699 or make an online enquiry.