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New Hope For Men Who Suffer From Prostate Cancer

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Published on Jul 17, 2017

A simple gel could reduce the risk of side effects from radiation therapy. CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez has more.

Detected Closed Captioning: John Schroeder Is In Many Ways A Typical Prostate Cancer Patient Sixty-six healthy No Prostate Symptoms But A PSA Level That Had Been Climbing For A Few Years I Did The Biopsy Just To Prove that I Did Not Have Prostate Cancer And That Came Back Positive So Like Most Men In His Position He Had To Choose Between Surgery And Radiation I Didn’t Want Surgery I Wanted Radiation Trouble Is John Has All Sort Of Colitis And Because Of Where The Prostate Sits In The Pelvis Radiation Was Out Of The Question There are Certain Side Effects To Any Form Of radiation That Have To Do With The Tissues That Are Right Around The prostate And That’s The Bladder And The rectum So Men Can Get Bladder Or Rectal Irritation Frequency Sometimes They Can Get Bleeding Or Ulceration But Then John Heard Of A New Material The FDA Had Approved To Protect The Rectum During Prostate Radiation It’s A Kind Of Gel Called Space Oh Er The Idea Is Simply To separate The Prostate From Surrounding tissues It Doesn’t Absorb Or Block The Radiation It Just Moves The Rectum Out Of The Way Enough For The Beam To Come In And Not Hit The The Rectal Tissues doctors Often Demonstrated How It’s Done On A Training Model Under Ultrasound Guidance A Long Needle Injects The Gel In The Space Between The Prostate And Rectum The Soft Cushion Lasts At Least three Months After Which It Harmlessly Dissolves John Was Then Able To Safely Have 44 Radiation Treatments I Still Have Ulcerative Colitis But There Was No Damage Done To The Rectum No Damage Done today To The Colon And Dr. Max Tells Us the Gel Cost About Three Thousand dollars And So Far Is Covered On A Case-by-case Basis Although Medicare Is Considering Approving It

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