In the event you are denied coverage for Proton Therapy, we recommend you look at immunotherapy treatments and if you have no other option but radiation or surgery, please look into radiation..just make sure you ask if the doctor uses SpaceOAR Hydrogel..if they don't. ..find one that does. You can search on www.spaceoar.com for one that does. Below is an explanation of what SpaceOar is. This will reduce side effects as discussed in the You Tube video below.
WHAT IS SpaceOAR Hydrogel?
SpaceOAR hydrogel is an option for men who undergo radiation treatment for prostate cancer. It acts as a spacer providing space between the rectum and the prostate, making it much less likely that the rectum is exposed to radiation. It is injected into place prior to the start of radiation treatment. Patients may be awake or asleep under general anesthesia for the procedure. SpaceOAR hydrogel is minimally invasive, remains stable during radiation therapy and then is gradually absorbed by the body after radiation therapy has been completed.
Minimizing Side Effects of Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Radiation therapy is extremely effective in treating prostate cancer. Today, survival rate for patients undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer are among the highest of any forms of cancer.
Radiation Therapy technology has greatly improved leading to more targeted treatment; however, the threat of side effects remains. One of the biggest risks of radiation therapy is injury to the rectum, which sits next to the prostate gland. Rectal injuries resulting from radiation can lead to:
Chronic Discomfort and Irritation
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Preston Sprenkle, MD – What Every Urologist Should Know About SpaceOAR Hydrogel
In September, 2017, Preston Sprenkle, MD from Yale New Haven Hospital gave a presentation at the Northeast AUA meeting in Montreal, CA. The presentation includes the following:
Real People, Real Stories
Hear from prostate cancer survivors who have benefitted from SpaceOAR hydrogel as well as the physicians who provide it to their patients.
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