SRMC of­fers new tech to treat prostate can­cer

Min­i­mally in­va­sive pro­ce­dure al­lows pa­tients to re­sume nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties

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PETERSBURG — South­side Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, SRMC, has added a new tech­nol­ogy for men choos­ing to un­dergo ra­di­a­tion ther­apy for prostate can­cer. This new prod­uct is a pro­tec­tive spacer used be­tween the prostate and the rec­tum. In­ter­ven­tional ra­di­ol­o­gist Adam McLau­rin, D.O., in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ra­di­a­tion on­col­o­gist David Pen­berthy, M.D., were able to bring this in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy to SRMC in June 2018.

The pro­ce­dure has been clin­i­cally proven to re­duce the risk of side ef­fects dur­ing and af­ter ra­di­a­tion treat­ment. By act­ing as a spacer, the prod­uct pushes the rec­tum away from the prostate so dam­age to the rec­tum is re­duced or even elim­i­nated, help­ing to en­sure that rec­tal, uri­nary and sex­ual qual­ity of life will be main­tained.

“When treat­ing a tu­mor with ra­di­a­tion you want a cer­tain dose to the tu­mor, but as lit­tle ra­di­a­tion ex­po­sure to the nor­mal sur­round­ing tis­sues as pos­si­ble to re­duce side ef­fects. The in­ter­ven­tional ra­di­ol­o­gist can in­ject this prod­uct around the prostate, cre­at­ing a buffer that de­creases the amount of ra­di­a­tion to the nor­mal tis­sues close by. This de­creases side ef­fects, short and long term, based on a three­year study,” says Tracey Ta­tum, MS, FNP, di­rec­tor of on­col­ogy at SRMC.

It is a min­i­mally in­va­sive out­pa­tient pro­ce­dure with lo­cal or gen­eral anes­the­sia. Pa­tients can im­me­di­ately re­sume their nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties. The prod­uct stays in place for ap­prox­i­mately three months and is then nat­u­rally ab­sorbed and cleared in the urine in about six months.

SRMC’s Ac­cred­ited Can­cer Cen­ter de­liv­ers a range of can­cer care ser­vices, from early screen­ing and pre­ven­tive ed­u­ca­tion to di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment and re­cov­ery. Learn more at www.srm­con­ can­cer-care-ser­vices or call 804-765-5850.

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