Dosimetric Feasibility of Neurovascular Bundle-Sparing Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy with Periprostatic Hydrogel Spacer for Localized Prostate Cancer to Preserve Erectile Function
By: Hwang ME, Mayeda M, Shaish H, et al.
Thirty-five men with low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer who underwent rectal hydrogel spacer placement and pre-, post-spacer prostate MRI studies were treated with prostate SBRT (36.25 Gy in five fractions). A prostate radiologist contoured the neurovascular bundles (NVB) for NVB-sparing radiation treatment planning. Three SBRT treatment plans were developed for each patient: (1) no NVB sparing, (2) NVB-sparing using pre-spacer MRI, and (3) NVB-sparing using post-spacer MRI.