Prostate Cancer

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Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among men, usually growing slowly and remaining in the prostate gland. A man’s risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, most common in men 65 and older. Those with a family history of prostate cancer, along with obesity, are a common risk factor. If detected early, prostate cancer has a good chance of being treated successfully.

Proton therapy is the most advanced and precise form of radiation therapy. With protons, a high dose of radiation can be delivered directly to the tumor, while sparing much of the adjacent bladder and rectum from unnecessary radiation. Studies have shown that treatment with proton therapy results in excellent rates of cancer control with very low rates of serious bowel or bladder complications.2

2 Zietman AL, Bae K, Slater JD, et al. Randomized trial comparing conventional-dose with high dose conformal radiation therapy in early-stage adenocarcinoma of the prostate: long term results from proton radiation oncology group/american college of radiology 95-09. J. Clin. Oncol. 2010; 28(7): 1106-111

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Provision uses the Space OAR System*

(*http://www.spaceoar.com/what-is-spaceoar/)

SpaceOAR System reduces rectal injury in men receiving prostate cancer radiation therapy (RT) by acting as a spacer – pushing the rectum away from the prostate.

SpaceOAR System reduces rectal injury

Anatomy without SpaceOAR System
The rectum is next to the prostate complicating prostate radiation therapy.

SpaceOAR Spacer

With SpaceOAR System
The SpaceOAR Spacer pushes the rectum away from the prostate, decreasing rectal injury during prostate RT.

 

A Little Space Makes a Big Difference™

Placed between the prostate and rectum, SpaceOAR hydrogel pushes the rectum out of the high dose radiation region. Like prostate cancer cells, cells in the rectum are also damaged by the high dose radiation. That’s why the rectum is called the Organ ARisk (OAR) during prostate radiation therapy.

SpaceOAR hydrogel pushes the rectum out of the damaging radiation field. This may help prevent prostate radiation side effects

SpaceOAR Hydrogel Pushes the Rectum Out of the High Dose Radiation Field

The hydrogel spacer is injected during a minimally invasive procedure, and — once in place — patients typically can’t feel it. The hydrogel is safe and similar to other products used in brain surgery, cardiology and ophthalmology. It remains in place for 3 months during radiation treatment, and is then absorbed and leaves the body in the patients urine — leaving nothing behind.

 

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Symptoms of prostate cancer tend to appear in the early stages. These symptoms may include:

  • Painful or burning urination

  • Inability to urinate or difficulty in starting to urinate

  • Difficulty trying to hold back urination

  • Weak or interrupted urine flow

  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate

  • Trouble emptying the bladder completely

  • Blood in the urine or semen

  • Continual pain in the lower back, pelvis, hips or thighs

  • Difficulty having an erection

If you experience one or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks, see your doctor.

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In order to test for prostate cancers, physicians may complete a digital rectal exam (DRE) in which they physically examine the prostate for irregularities in texture, size or shape by reaching through the rectum, which is adjacent to the prostate.

Your physician may also complete a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, in which a blood sample is collected and analyzed for PSA, a substance naturally produced by the prostate gland. If a higher than normal level of PSA is found, it may indicate various prostate issues, including cancer.

After completing these tests, a doctor may recommend an ultrasound or a prostate biopsy to determine whether or not cancer is present.

 

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Although prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in American men, the survival rate is high if detected and treated early in its development. That’s where proton therapy comes in.

Proton therapy targets specific treatment areas, allowing higher doses to be administered with fewer side effects and little impact to the surrounding healthy organs and tissues. In fact, with proton therapy, a 5 percent recurrence rate can be reached for prostate cancer, with just a 12 percent chance of complications and acute side effects. Compare that to conventional photon therapy, in which a 20 percent recurrence rate also means a 60 percent chance of complications and acute side effects. Proton therapy is non-invasive and patients will be able to remain in one position during treatment time.

With proton therapy, the rectum and bladder receive much less radiation compared to conventional radiation/X-rays/IMRT. Men treated with proton therapy have a very low risk of long-term side effects, such as incontinence and bowel damage.

With conventional radiation/X-rays/IMRT, more healthy tissue around the tumor receives radiation. The extra dose to healthy tissue from modern X-ray therapy is equivalent to smoking four packs of cigarettes a day for a year.

In the chart below, the grey/white areas indicate no radiation exposure, while the colored areas indicate radiation exposure.

 

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Provision Center for Proton Therapy is the nation's first proton therapy center to make available additional radiation protection for our prostate patients. Placed through a small needle, the SpaceOAR Hydrogel, made by Augmenix Inc. is administered as a liquid, but quickly solidifies into a soft gel that expands into the space between the prostate and rectum. The hydrogel spacer maintains this space until radiotherapy is complete. The spacer then liquefies and is absorbed and cleared from the body in the patient’s urine. This tissue is most vulnerable to radiation seepage from prostate cancer radiation treatment and further minimizes potential side effects such pain and bleeding. For more information see our press release.

In addition to proton therapy, other forms of treatment for prostate cancer include traditional radiotherapy, brachytherapy (seed implants), hormone therapy and surgery, which includes prostatectomy and a procedure called ProstRcision. Many of these treatments make unproven claims, and we suggest you get a second opinion before undergoing any treatment, including proton therapy, for prostate cancer.

Space OAR System Explained*

(*source: http://www.spaceoar.com/what-is-spaceoar/)

SpaceOAR System reduces rectal injury in men receiving prostate cancer radiation therapy (RT) by acting as a spacer – pushing the rectum away from the prostate.

SpaceOAR System reduces rectal injury

Anatomy without SpaceOAR System
The rectum is next to the prostate complicating prostate radiation therapy.

SpaceOAR Spacer

With SpaceOAR System
The SpaceOAR Spacer pushes the rectum away from the prostate, decreasing rectal injury during prostate RT.

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A Little Space Makes a Big Difference™

Placed between the prostate and rectum, SpaceOAR hydrogel pushes the rectum out of the high dose radiation region. Like prostate cancer cells, cells in the rectum are also damaged by the high dose radiation. That’s why the rectum is called the Organ ARisk (OAR) during prostate radiation therapy.

SpaceOAR hydrogel pushes the rectum out of the damaging radiation field. This may help prevent prostate radiation side effects

SpaceOAR Hydrogel Pushes the Rectum Out of the High Dose Radiation Field

The hydrogel spacer is injected during a minimally invasive procedure, and — once in place — patients typically can’t feel it. The hydrogel is safe and similar to other products used in brain surgery, cardiology and ophthalmology. It remains in place for 3 months during radiation treatment, and is then absorbed and leaves the body in the patients urine — leaving nothing behind.

 

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