New Medical Technology Available in San Antonio

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There is a new medical device available locally in San Antonio you might be interested in.
Aurora Cancer Center, a well-known cancer center in San Antonio, is now offering SpaceOAR hydrogel for men with prostate cancer. 1 in 9 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. SpaceOAR hydrogel, distributed by Boston Scientific, is a protective spacer between the prostate and the rectum. It has been clinically proven to reduce the risk of side effects during and after radiation treatment. Aurora Cancer Center and Boston Scientific are excited to offer this game changing technology to men in Greater San Antonio. Physicians at the Cancer Center are willing to share their experiences with SpaceOAR to help educate the public on the device.

Aurora Cancer Center treats all types of cancer, from breast to prostate, and is dedicated to offering the best cancer care for patients in Greater San Antonio. At Aurora Prostate Treatment and Research Center, our vision is to offer compassionate care with state-of-the-art technology. Highly-trained experts at Aurora Prostate Research & Treatment Center have teamed up to offer cutting edge screening, diagnosis and interventional solutions.

In April 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared SpaceOAR hydrogel. In a prospective, randomized, multi-center clinical trial in the United States, patients treated with SpaceOAR hydrogel prior to prostate cancer radiation treatment demonstrated bowel, urinary, and sexual benefits through a median of three years of follow-up. The study found that the patients that did not receive SpaceOAR hydrogel experienced a clinically significant decline in bowel, urinary, and sexual quality of life eight times more often than patients that received SpaceOAR hydrogel. It is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure with local or general anesthesia. Patients can immediately resume their normal activities. The gel stays in place for approximately three months and is then naturally absorbed and cleared in the urine in about six months.

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