Leading Edge Prostate Cancer Care
SpaceOAR is a new gel that gives prostate cancer patients more rectal comfort during treatment. Traditionally, patients had a balloon inserted in the rectum for each individual treatment to protect vital organs during radiation and prevent sexual dysfunction afterwards. With the innovative SpaceOAR treatment, gel is inserted between the rectum and prostate once and functions similarly to the balloon to protecting organs more effectively. The one-time injection is active for the patient’s entire treatment period and then is absorbed and leaves the body in the patient’s urine months later.
Dr. Daniel Bourgeois is a radiation oncologist and certified SpaceOAR applier at Mary Bird Perkins TGMC Cancer Center. He trained in radiation oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo, as well as UC Irvine, VA Long Beach, and Long Beach Memorial medical centers in southern California.