Grand Lake Regional Cancer Center Introduces New SpaceOAR Hydrogel for Men Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

Diagnosis & Treatment

August 19, 2020

The Grand Lake Regional Cancer Center prides itself on personal patient care, and excellence in healthcare. As part of the center’s comprehensive cancer treatment, a new option for men diagnosed with prostate cancer will help the center live up to that mission. It’s called SpaceOAR™ Hydrogel, and Grand Lake Regional Cancer Center is the first and only cancer center in the area to offer this treatment.


What is SpaceOAR Hydrogel?

SpaceOAR Hydrogel is an absorbable hydrogel that temporarily creates space between

the prostate and the rectum, reducing the radiation dose delivered to the rectum during

prostate radiation therapy.

SpaceOAR hydrogel

What are the benefits of SpaceOAR Hydrogel?

More than 50,000 patients worldwide have been successfully treated with SpaceOAR Hydrogel.  It’s main benefit? SpaceOAR Hydrogel can help minimize the risk of side effects when used with prostate cancer radiation therapy. In a clinical study, SpaceOAR Hydrogel was shown to help minimize the impact on urinary, sexual and bowel quality of life for prostate cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.


A SpaceOAR Hydrogel story

Dr. Sanford Siegel is a urologist and the former CEO of Chesapeake Urology. He has been treating men with prostate cancer for over 30 years, but then he was diagnosed. 


“If I was going to have radiation…I was going to have SpaceOAR.” Hear from him and his medical team about how they determined the best treatment, including radiation therapy along with SpaceOAR Hydrogel.

The Procedure

Administering SpaceOAR Hyrdogel is a brief, 10-minute outpatient procedure, given under local anesthetics. Patients are able to drive and and drive out


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. 


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.

Click here to learn more about SpaceOAR Hydrogel.