BOSTON SCIENTIFIC INITIATES EUROPEAN LAUNCH OF SPACEOAR VUE™ HYDROGEL
The New Radiopaque Hydrogel Spacer is Visible on CT Scan, an Enhanced Option for Physicians Treating Patients Undergoing Radiation for Prostate Cancer
Paris, France. (09 June, 2021) – Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced that it has initiated the European launch of SpaceOAR Vue™ Hydrogel. Like its predecessor, SpaceOAR Vue Hydrogel creates a temporary space between the prostate and the rectum, minimising the potential side effects of radiation therapy. The new radiopaque version can be seen on computerised tomography (CT) scans, negating the need for physicians to include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the treatment planning, and accommodating patients who are contra-indicated for MRI.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men in Europe[i]. More than 400,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and radiotherapy is a highly effective treatment.[ii] However, due to the close proximity of the rectum to the prostate, prostate radiation therapy can cause unintended damage to the rectum, which can lead to fecal incontinence issues or other long-lasting side effects.
“SpaceOAR Vue Hydrogel helps to reduce rectal dose in radiation planning, as well as increase clinician confidence in accurate contouring of the prostate and rectum,” explained Dr Clive Peedell, consultant clinical oncologist from the South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust in UK. “The increased visibility of the gel also helps in the image-guided targeting of the radiotherapy delivery to the prostate, ensuring treatment accuracy and high-quality care for patients.”
The SpaceOAR Vue Hydrogel perirectal spacer offers the same clinical benefits as traditional SpaceOAR Hydrogel, which was the first FDA-cleared and CE Marked hydrogel perirectal spacer, and has been used in over 100,000 patients worldwide.[iii] In a randomised clinical study of SpaceOAR Hydrogel, at median three years, more patients in the control group experienced declines in bowel (41% vs 14%) and urinary (30% vs 17%) quality of life than in the spacer group.[iv] Additionally, more patients who were potent at baseline and treated with SpaceOAR were able to achieve erections sufficient for intercourse (66.7%, vs. 37.5%) than in the control group.[v]
“SpaceOAR Vue Hydrogel demonstrates our commitment to addressing unmet patient and physician needs with innovations that provide the best possible care,” said Miguel Aragon, vice president EMEA, Urology and Pelvic Health, Boston Scientific. “SpaceOAR Vue Hydrogel’s design may enable physicians to streamline the department’s procedural workflow by reducing the need for post-procedural MRI scan, while reducing radiation exposure for patients undergoing radiation therapy.”
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[i] WHO Globocane: Incidence rate of cancers in men in Europe: https://gco.iarc.fr
[ii] European Association of Urology guidelines. Guideline nr. 6: https://uroweb.org/guideline/prostate-cancer/#6
[iii] Number of patients is based on units shipped and a Boston Scientific proprietary algorithm
[iv] Hamstra DA, Mariados N, Sylvester J, et al. Continued Benefit to Rectal Separation for Prostate Radiation Therapy: Final Results of a Phase III Trial. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017;97(5):976-985.
[v] Hamstra DA, Mariados N, Sylvester J, et al. Sexual quality of life following prostate intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with a rectal/prostate spacer: Secondary analysis of a phase 3 trial. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2018;8(1):e7-e15.