Florida Cancer Affiliates physicians Lawrence Hochman, D.O., F.A.C.R.O. and Sanjay Emandi, M.D. are the first physicians in the state of Florida certified by Augmenix, the maker of SpaceOAR hydrogel, to safely administer this new technology. The hydrogel is a breakthrough technology used to reduce rectal side effects and injury in prostate cancer patients receiving radiotherapy.
What is SpaceOAR hydrogel?
SpaceOAR System – Spacing Organs At Risk (OAR): Rectal Protection for Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy Patients
SpaceOAR system reduces rectal injury in men receiving prostate cancer radiation therapy (RT) by acting as a temporary spacer – pushing the rectum away from the prostate.
Anatomy without SpaceOAR System
The rectum is next to the prostate complicating prostate radiation therapy.
With SpaceOAR System
The SpaceOAR spacer pushes the rectum away from the prostate, decreasing rectal injury during prostate RT.
A Little Space Makes a Big Difference
Placed between the prostate and rectum, the spacing hydrogel pushes the rectum out of the high dose radiation region. Like prostate cancer cells, cells in the rectum are also damaged by the high dose radiation. That's why the rectum is called the organ at risk (OAR) during prostate radiation therapy.
SpaceOAR Hydrogel Pushes the Rectum Out
of the High Dose Radiation Field
The hydrogel spacer is injected during a minimally invasive procedure, and-once in place-patients typically can't feel it. Hydrogel is safe and similar to other products used in brain surgery, cardiology and ophthalmology. It remains in place for three months during radiation treatment, and is then absorbed and leaves the body in the patient's urine-leaving nothing behind.
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