Use of hydrogel spacer for improved rectal dose-sparing in patients undergoing radical radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer: First Canadian experience

Alejandro Berlin, Anne Di Tomasso, Heather Ballantyne, Susan Patterson, Tony Lam, Aravind Sundaramurthy, Joelle Helou, Andrew Bayley, Peter Chung


We describe the initial experience using a hydrogel spacer (SpaceOAR) to separate the prostate-rectum interspace in patients planned to undergo radical hypofractionated image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IG-IMRT). We depict and discuss the impact of SpaceOAR in the context of hypofractionated IG-IMRT, and the particular considerations for its applications in the Canadian setting.