Advanced Technology for Prostate Cancer
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.