Prostate cancer can be treated effectively nowadays using high dose radiation therapy. Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays focused on the prostate gland to kill cancer cells. Treatment is planned using advanced software to ensure that an optimal dose is administered to the tumor while minimizing exposure of healthy surrounding tissues. However, due to prostate movements there is a chance that nearby sensitive organs, such as the rectum, will be exposed to damaging radiation – resulting in toxicity.
Rectal toxicity can cause pain, bowel problems, bleeding and chronic internal wounds that may impair the quality of life.
The BioProtect Balloon Implant separates the prostate from the rectum, shifting the rectum away from the high radiation zone, protecting it from the harmful effects of radiation and eliminating rectal toxicity. The balloon is made of special polymers that dissolve in the body – it stays in place during the treatment and after 6 months it completely disappears.