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Dr. Oleg Shapiro Discusses SpaceOAR Hydrogel on Bridge Street

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For men diagnosed with prostate cancer, SpaceOAR Hydrogel is an option for those preparing to undergo radiation treatment.

Doctor Oleg Shapiro is just one of the doctors offering SpaceOAR Hydrogel to patients in Central New York.  He’s an Associate Professor of Urology, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Vice Chair of Urology at SUNY Upstate.  He also practices at Upstate Urology where prostate cancer is his focus.

“It’s done in the office” says Shapiro.  “It’s usually done before the radiation therapy is given and it’s done by Urologists and the patient undergoes local anesthetics so they can drive in and drive out.  The procedure itself takes about 10 minutes or so and then we use an ultrasound guidance to place the gel right in the space between the rectal wall and the prostate itself so it actually separates those two organs giving a lot more space for the Radiation Oncologist to work with and providing safety for that patient.”

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 191,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2020, with one in nine men being diagnosed during his lifetime.1

As with any medical treatment, there are some risks and side effects involved with the use of SpaceOAR Hydrogel and your doctor can help you decide if it’s right for you.

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  1. Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer. American Cancer Society. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html. Accessed July 28,2020. 

SpaceOAR is intended to temporarily position the anterior rectal wall away from the prostate during radiotherapy for prostate cancer and in creating this space it is the intent of SpaceOAR Hydrogel to reduce the radiation dose delivered to the anterior rectum. 

As with any medical treatment, there are some risks involved with the use of SpaceOAR Hydrogel. 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; and rectal urgency. Please talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits associated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel. 

Caution: U.S. Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician. 

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URO-858810-AA AUG 2020