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Presence Health is Now Offering SpaceOAR® Hydrogel for Prostate Cancer Patients

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Presence Health in Chicago, IL has added a new technology for men choosing to undergo radiation therapy for prostate cancer. The new addition, SpaceOAR hydrogel, is a protective spacer between the prostate and the rectum. It has been clinically proven to reduce the risk of side effects from radiation treatment.

Presence Health is known for providing leading-edge technologies and holistic care with compassion for the individual.  Recognized for advanced heart, orthopedics, stroke, cancer and rehabilitation services; Presence Health offers a comprehensive range of high quality preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic services.

Presence Health recently joined Ascension and is now part of AMITA Health. AMITA Health is a joint operating company formed by the Adventist Health System in Altamonte Springs, Fla., and St. Louis-based Ascension. With the addition of Presence Health, AMITA Health is now the largest health system in Illinois, comprising 19 hospitals and more than 230 sites of care. The newly combined health system has 900 providers in its medical groups, more than 26,000 associates and 7,000 physician partners and now serves over 4.3 million residents in the greater Chicagoland area.

“SpaceOAR is a breakthrough new product that we now offer to patients at our cancer center as part of their radiation treatments for prostate cancer,” said Dr. Bryan Macrie, MD, Radiation Oncologist.

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“It allows us to deliver the same highly successful targeted treatments while dramatically reducing incidental radiation exposure to the rectum in a way that is both simple and convenient.”

Potential complications associated with SpaceOAR hydrogel include but are not limited to pain associated with SpaceOAR hydrogel injection; pain or discomfort associated with SpaceOAR hydrogel, needle penetration of the bladder, prostate, rectal wall, rectum, or urethra; injection of SpaceOAR hydrogel into the bladder, prostate, rectal wall, rectum, or urethra; local inflammatory reactions; infection; injection of air, fluid or SpaceOAR hydrogel intravascularly; urinary retention; rectal mucosal damage, ulcers, necrosis; bleeding; constipation; and rectal urgency.

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