New Technology Bolsters a Robust Radiation Oncology Program by Reducing Radiation Side Effects during Prostate Cancer Treatment

Treating prostate cancer with radiation therapy can, for some men, lead to unwanted side effects, such as erectile dysfunction, difficulty urinating and bleeding with bowel movements.

To improve patient outcomes and enhance the quality of life after treatment, Good Samaritan Hospital has added an innovative new technology called SpaceOAR® hydrogel to our prostate cancer treatment capabilities.

Good Samarian Hospital is the only hospital in Rockland and Orange Counties to offer this new technology.

SpaceOAR® is a gel-like material that temporarily moves the rectal wall away from the prostate during radiation therapy. The process is minimally invasive, remains stable during radiation therapy and then is gradually absorbed by the body after radiation therapy has been completed. The gel’s placement reduces the amount of radiation that the patient’s rectum receives during prostate treatments, which spares healthy tissue and can reduce complications associated with radiation therapy.

Clinical trials have demonstrated that use of SpaceOAR® in conjunction with curative radiation therapy results in:

66 percent improvement in bowel related quality of life

65 percent improvement in bladder related quality of life

78 percent increase in likelihood of preserved erectile function in patients with adequate pre-treatment function

This side effect sparing procedure complements the advanced radiation oncology technology available at Good Samaritan Hospital including:

The TrueBeam Linear Accelerator which enables a radically different approach to treating cancer with image-guided radiotherapy, unmatched precision and speed.

The KOELIS Trinity® Fusion-Guided MRI combines a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan with an ultrasound image to precisely target the area of the prostate that needs to be biopsied leading to fast and more accurate diagnosis and treatment plans.

The Philips CT Big Bore System enhances accuracy of radiation therapy by offering superior image quality and providing the industry’s largest true field-of-view to accommodate all patient sizes.

For more information, please call 845.368.5185 or visit GoodSamHosp.org/radiation-oncology.

by Alan Roth