SpaceOAR Hydrogel Patient Q&A – Pierre

Pierre – from Plano, TX

Evan Baggett, RN, SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel Clinical Specialist; Pierre, Patient; Nathalie Mojonnet, Sales Manager.

Pictured: Evan Baggett, RN, SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel Clinical Specialist; Pierre, SpaceOAR Hydrogel Patient; Nathalie Mojonnet, SpaceOAR Hydrogel Sales Manager

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am 81 years old, and I like to stay active. I practice judo competitively. I was the Texas State Champ from age 64 to 66.

How did you find out you had prostate cancer?

After a PSA test came back high, a prostate biopsy revealed I had a Gleason Score of 8 and would need to seek treatment for the cancer.

How did you decide on a treatment option?

When I was originally diagnosed with prostate cancer, my first thought was to get a prostatectomy, and just cut it out and let me get on down the road. After a lot of research, calling the American Cancer Society, and discussion with physicians, I decided a combination of brachytherapy and external beam radiation was the best option for treating my cancer.

How did you hear about SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel?

I was at a Prostate Cancer Support Group (North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition) meeting and the local SpaceOAR Hydrogel representative had presented to the group the week before and left behind some materials on it.

Once I learned more about SpaceOAR Hydrogel, there was no way I was going to get radiation therapy without it.

How did you tolerate the SpaceOAR Hydrogel procedure?

It was done under general anesthesia, and it was an easy to tolerate procedure. After the fact, I couldn’t tell anything was in there.*

Where did you have your treatment?

I had combination therapy at UT Southwestern. Dr. Michael Folkert placed the SpaceOAR Hydrogel and preformed brachytherapy, and Dr. Raquibul Hannan performed my external beam radiation therapy.

What advice do you have for men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer?

Do a lot of research on your own. Go to support groups. Get multiple opinions from physicians; don’t just go with the first option you’re presented with.

*Patient responses can and do vary. Patients may experience pain associated with the injection, pain or discomfort from the hydrogel, and site inflammation, amongst other potential side effects which are provided here.

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Results from case studies are not necessarily predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary. Content of this testimonial is for Information Purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. BSC strongly recommends that you consult with your physician on all matters pertaining to your health or to address any questions.

SpaceOAR Hydrogel is intended to temporarily move the rectal wall away from the prostate during the course of radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer, and in creating this space it is the intent of SpaceOAR Hydrogel to reduce the radiation dose affecting the rectum.

SpaceOAR Hydrogel contains polyethylene glycol (PEG). 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 injection, pain or discomfort from the hydrogel, site inflammation, infection (including abscess), inability to urinate, urgent need to urinate, constipation, rectal muscle spasm, damage to lining of rectum, ulcers, fistula (a hole between rectum and bladder, urethra, or skin below the scrotum), perforation (hole in prostate, bladder, urethra, rectum), necrosis (dead tissue), allergic reaction (local reaction or more severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis), embolism (blood vessel blockage is possible and may happen outside of the pelvis, potentially impacting vital organs or legs), fainting, and bleeding. Please talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits related to using SpaceOAR Hydrogel. If one or more of these complications occur, you may need medical treatment or surgery. URO-1288805-AA

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