The Radiation Oncology Department at CBMC is the first hospital in the area to utilize the SpaceOAR® System for prostate cancer patients. While radiation treatment has become more targeted, one of the biggest risks of radiation therapy of the prostate is injury to the rectum due to its proximity. The SpaceOAR® System is a temporary hydrogel spacer that’s injected between the rectum and prostate to increase the area between the two. The gel doesn’t interfere with treatment but acts as a barrier. It remains in place for up to six months, after which it’s reabsorbed into the body.

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