A little space makes a BIG difference.
One common and proven treatment option for prostate cancer is radiation therapy. Radiation targeting the cancer from outside of the body, or placed inside the prostate as radioactive seeds, kills the cancer cells.
As with any treatment, radiation therapy is not without potential side effects. Because the prostate and rectum sit next to each other, some prostate radiation can injure the rectum, causing complications. Possible side effects include injury to the rectum and problems with bowel movements. Side effects such as pain during bowel movements, rectal urgency (the sensation of needing to have a bowel movement immediately), bleeding or lose stools may occur during or after radiation treatment.
If present, these are typically temporary for most men. But a small number of men may have symptoms that persist for years and that require treatment or, in rare circumstances, surgery to improve bowel function.
To help avoid rectal injury, the space between the prostate and the rectum can be increased by an absorbable gel spacer. Space()OAR system is a soft gel-like material that temporarily moves the rectum 1/2inch away from the high-dose radiation area.
The “OAR”in SpaceOAR means “Organs at Risk” which in this case is the rectum. By separating the prostate from the rectum, SpaceOAR System reduces the radiation dose to the rectum and may eliminate or reduce injury to the rectum.