We have compiled some information about radiotherapy as one option for prostate cancer treatment. On this page you will find content from webinars recorded with international expert radiation oncologists, urologists and patient associations.
Please find below two first contributions.
How modern techniques may reduce side effects
Across the UK, more than 52.000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year on average.1
You are not alone: In this video we have a discussion with the Patient association Tackle Prostate Cancer about Radiotherapy, and how modern techniques may reduce the potential side effects of this prostate cancer treatment to maintain the quality of life.
What is SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel?
Questions and answers with Dr. Peedell
Dr. Clive Peedell shares his opinion about available treatment options and discusses possible side-effects linked to radiation therapy.
While the recent developments in prostate radiotherapy may have lowered the risk for side-effects - the organs which are close to the prostate are still at risk during radiation.
Dr. Peedell reports that 10-20% of patients still get bothersome, long-term symptoms after radiotherapy. From his extensive clinical experience, he shares how hydrogel spacing may reduce these side-effects of radiation therapy, he explains how the procedure is carried out, what the gel is made of, and he also speaks to the safety level of this procedure.*
*There are risks associated with implantation. These risks include pain associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel injection and pain or discomfort associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel.
SpaceOAR Hydrogel is intended to temporarily move the rectal wall away from the prostate during the course of radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer, and in creating this space it is the intent of SpaceOAR Hydrogel to reduce the radiation dose affecting the rectum.
SpaceOAR Hydrogel contains polyethylene glycol (PEG). As with any medical treatment, there are some risks involved with the use of SpaceOAR Hydrogel. Potential complications associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel include, but are not limited to: pain associated with injection, pain or discomfort from the hydrogel, site inflammation, infection (including abscess), inability to urinate, urgent need to urinate, constipation, rectal muscle spasm, damage to lining of rectum, ulcers, fistula (a hole between rectum and bladder, urethra, or skin below the scrotum), perforation (hole in prostate, bladder, urethra, rectum), necrosis (dead tissue), allergic reaction (local reaction or more severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis), embolism (blood vessel blockage is possible and may happen outside of the pelvis, potentially impacting vital organs or legs), fainting, and bleeding. Please talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits related to using SpaceOAR Hydrogel. If one or more of these complications occur, you may need medical treatment or surgery. URO-1288805-AA APR 2022
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1. About Prostate Cancer https://prostatecanceruk.org/prostate-information-and-support/risk-and-symptoms/about-prostate-cancer Accessed August 2023