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MVH Introduces a Proven Procedure to Minimize Prostate Cancer Complications

Monongahela Valley Hospital now offers a proven surgical procedure designed to protect the quality of life for men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer. MVH uses hydrogel SpaceOAR to reduce the radiation dose delivered to the rectum which can cause bowel side effects. The hospital’s physicians inject the hydrogel SpaceOAR in the space between the prostate and rectum to temporarily position the rectal wall away from the prostate. Local or general anesthesia is used for the outpatient procedure. The biodegradable hydrogel SpaceOAR maintains the shape for the entire course of the prostate radiotherapy treatment and is completely absorbed by the person’s body over a short period of time.

“Not only will the Hydrogel SpaceOAR allow us to reduce the radiation dose to the rectum and reduce side effects, but patients can now be receive a shorter course of radiation therapy making treatments easier for the patient,” said Mohsen Isaac, M.D., Monongahela Valley Hospital’s medical director of Radiation Oncology.



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