Minimize the risk
of prostate radiation
side effects

Radiation therapy, a standard form of care for treating prostate cancer, can greatly improve your prognosis and quality of life following a prostate cancer diagnosis. Technological advancements in radiation therapy have resulted in more accurate and precise treatment planning than ever before.

Radiation therapy uses energy beams to destroy and stop the spread of cancer cells. These high-energy beams can reach and negatively affect healthy tissue surrounding the prostate. Barrigel pushes the healthy tissue away, reducing the risk of unwanted radiation exposure.1

Section 1

Significantly less unwanted radiation exposure1

Due to its close proximity to the prostate, the rectum is the primary organ at risk for radiation exposure. Risks and side effects of radiation for prostate cancer include bowel problems such as rectal pain, burning, and/or diarrhea. Barrigel rectal spacer creates space between the prostate and the rectum, moving the healthy organ out of radiation beam exposure.1

In a recent FDA clinical study:

98.5% of patients

who received Barrigel as part of their radiation therapy treatment had a

significant reduction of radiation to the rectum1

Six-month radiation treatment follow-up results show this reduction

significantly reduced long-term negative side effects

in comparison to the patients who did not receive Barrigel1

Section 2

The procedure

The spacer, Barrigel, is implanted under local or general anesthesia. If you are a patient receiving fiducial markers, Barrigel may be implanted at the same time. Spacing procedures are performed in hospitals, outpatient clinics, or doctors’ offices prior to the start of radiation treatment.

Your doctor will use a medical imaging device called transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) to view your anatomy and place the spacer between your rectum and your prostate.

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  1. Mariados NF, Orio PF, Schiffman Z, et al. Hyaluronic acid spacer for hypofractionated prostate radiation therapy: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Oncol. 2023;e1-e8.