Advanced Technology for Prostate Cancer
The Bruno Cancer Center is the first hospital in Alabama to offer SpaceOAR technology.
SpaceOAR technology for prostate cancer
The St. Vincent’s Birmingham Bruno Cancer Center is the only hospital in the state to offer the SpaceOAR® System for prostate cancer patients, which helps reduce side effects during radiation therapy. For more information or to make an appointment, call 205-939-7884.
During radiation, cancer is targeted from outside the body or placed inside the prostate as radioactive seeds, killing the cancer cells. SpaceOAR® is a soft gel-like material that temporarily moves the rectum away from the high-dose radiation area during radiation therapy.
The “OAR” in SpaceOAR® means “Organs At Risk.” By separating the prostate from the rectum, the SpaceOAR® System reduces the radiation dose to the rectum and may eliminate or reduce complications or side effects to this area.
SpaceOAR® hydrogel patients typically report no discomfort from the implanted gel. You should be able to immediately resume your normal activities.