PROSTATE cancer patients can now have side effects of radiotherapy reduced, according to surgeon Tim Dudderidge.
A life-changing gel injection, known as SpaceOAR hydrogel, is now being used by Southampton clinicians, and reduces the amount of radiation that can pass through the prostate and damage the rectum during treatment.
It consists mainly of water and is injected before the start of radiotherapy.
The gel is then absorbed naturally by the body after around six months.
Radiotherapy is among the treatment options available for prostate cancer and involves targeting high-energy x-rays at the prostate which destroy cancer cells and prevent them from spreading.
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