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Dr. Sandy Siegel's Prostate Cancer Battle

When a Urologist who treated prostate cancer for decades was diagnosed

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Dr. Siegel is both a patient & Urologist who knew he was going to pair SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel with radiation treatment.

Despite knowing how prevalent prostate cancer is among men his age, he was shocked when he himself was diagnosed with the very disease he had dedicated his life to fighting—in others.

As a practicing urologist, Dr. Seigel kept up to date on the latest innovations, incorporating new treatment approaches aimed at improving outcomes for men undergoing hormone and radiation therapy. SpaceOAR Hydrogel, a device that can minimize the risk of side effects from radiation therapy, including rectal pain, diarrhea, urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction, is one such approach. The absorbable hydrogel creates a temporary space between the prostate and the rectum, protecting the rectum from radiation exposure during prostate radiation therapy.

“I’ve been treating men with prostate cancer for over 30 years, but I never dreamed I would be diagnosed with the disease,” said Dr. Sanford Siegel, founder of one of the largest urology practices in the United States.

He didn’t experience any side effects from his radiation treatment, and today his PSA levels are undetectable. Feeling even more empowered, Dr. Siegel continues his advocacy in the Baltimore community, educating men about the importance of regular screenings. He has also helped raise more than $4 million through the annual ZERO Prostate Run and Walk, a community event he founded that has extended to 42 cities across the country.

Along with his clinical team, Dr. Seigel developed a treatment plan that was right for him, and it included SpaceOAR Hydrogel. “If I was going to have radiation, I was going to have SpaceOAR,” said Dr. Siegel.

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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.

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