Application of Hydrogel Spacer SpaceOAR Vue for Prostate Radiotherapy
Damage in the surrounding structures, including the rectum, due to unintended exposure to radiation is a large burden to bear for patients who undergo radiation therapy for prostate cancer. The use of injectable rectal spacers to distance the anterior rectum from the prostate is a potential strategy to reduce the dose of unintended radiation to the rectum. Hydrogel spacers are gaining increasing popularity in the treatment regimen for prostate cancer. After FDA approval of SpaceOAR, specialists are receiving an increasing number of referrals for hydrogel placements. In this paper, we review hydrogel spacers, the supporting clinical data, the best practices for hydrogel placement, and the risk of adverse events.
Medical Subject Headings
Male; Humans; Prostate; Hydrogels; Rectum; Prostatic Neoplasms; Pelvis
Hadigal, S. R., & Gupta, A. K. (2022). Application of Hydrogel Spacer SpaceOAR Vue for Prostate Radiotherapy. Tomography, 8 (6), 2648-2661. https://doi.org/10.3390/tomography8060221