We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies. Cookie Policy.

Features Partner Sites Information LinkXpress
Sign In
Advertise with Us

Download Mobile App

Biodegradable Balloon to Revolutionize Rectal Protection from Toxicity during Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 30 Aug 2023
Print article
Image: The BioProtect Balloon Spacer protects adjacent healthy tissues from harmful radiation (Photo courtesy of BioProtect)
Image: The BioProtect Balloon Spacer protects adjacent healthy tissues from harmful radiation (Photo courtesy of BioProtect)

Prostate cancer stands as the most common non-skin cancer detected in men and ranks as the second leading cause of male cancer-related deaths, following lung cancer. With a prevalence of 1 in 9 men receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis during their lifetime, over 1.4 million men are globally diagnosed annually. The course of prostate cancer treatment hinges on various factors including cancer growth rate, extent of spread, overall patient health, and potential treatment benefits or side effects. Treatment options like surgery or radiation may be recommended based on evolving test results. However, prostate radiation therapy often leads to a concerning issue – rectal toxicity, a consequence of the close proximity between the prostate and rectum. Despite advanced technology and precise planning, prostate movement during sessions exposes parts of the rectal wall to high radiation doses, resulting in rectal toxicity or proctitis. Hence, there is a strong need for a solution that protects the rectum from the detrimental effects of high-dose radiation. Now, a biodegradable balloon dramatically reduces the chance of rectal toxicity by protecting the adjacent healthy tissues from harmful radiation, thereby minimizing adverse procedural events.

BioProtect Ltd.’s (Tzur Yigal, Israel) BioProtect Balloon Implant System is an implantable, biodegradable balloon that creates a defined, enclosed distance to minimize radiation exposure to the rectum during prostate radiation therapy. Through its distinct design, the new generation balloon achieves up to 18mm separation between the rectal wall and the treatment area prior to initiating radiation therapy. The implantation process involves a minimally invasive, needle-free insertion technique for guiding the balloon using ultrasound with either local or general anesthesia. Once in place between the prostate and rectum, the balloon is filled with sterile saline and positioned to achieve its final, well-defined configuration.

By maintaining a consistent separation between the prostate and rectum, the balloon remains visible across various imaging modalities including CT, MRI, and ultrasound. It forms a protective barrier, allowing for safe radiation therapy. The balloon maintains its size and shape within the body throughout the radiation course, naturally biodegrading over time (typically within six months after implantation), thus negating the need for a separate removal procedure. The BioProtect Balloon Implant System has received clearance from the US FDA.

"We believe that our balloon has the potential to revolutionize rectal protection from toxicity during prostate cancer radiation therapy," said Itay Barnea, CEO of BioProtect. "Not only does it provide better protection to healthy organs, it also supports dose escalation and hypofractionation, which are leading trends in prostate cancer radiation therapy."

Related Links:
BioProtect Ltd. 

Platinum Supplier
STI Test
Vivalytic Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Array
Gold Supplier
SARS‑CoV‑2/Flu A/Flu B/RSV Sample-To-Answer Test
SARS‑CoV‑2/Flu A/Flu B/RSV Cartridge (CE-IVD)
Patient Monitor
Bone Transport System
Precice Bone Transport System

Print article


Critical Care

view channel
Image: Flexible thin-film electrodes placed directly on brain tissue have shown promise for diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy (Photo courtesy of Tokyo Tech)

Thin-Film Neural Electrodes Placed Directly on Brain Tissue Can Diagnose and Treat Epilepsy

Analyzing brain activity is crucial for diagnosing conditions like epilepsy and other mental health disorders. Among various methods, electroencephalography (EEG) is considered the least intrusive, using... Read more

Patient Care

view channel
Image: The newly-launched solution can transform operating room scheduling and boost utilization rates (Photo courtesy of Fujitsu)

Surgical Capacity Optimization Solution Helps Hospitals Boost OR Utilization

An innovative solution has the capability to transform surgical capacity utilization by targeting the root cause of surgical block time inefficiencies. Fujitsu Limited’s (Tokyo, Japan) Surgical Capacity... Read more

Health IT

view channel
Image: First ever institution-specific model provides significant performance advantage over current population-derived models (Photo courtesy of Mount Sinai)

Machine Learning Model Improves Mortality Risk Prediction for Cardiac Surgery Patients

Machine learning algorithms have been deployed to create predictive models in various medical fields, with some demonstrating improved outcomes compared to their standard-of-care counterparts.... Read more

Point of Care

view channel
Image: The broad-spectrum POC coagulometer is well-suited for emergency room and emergency vehicle use (Photo courtesy of Perosphere)

Novel POC Coagulometer with Lab-Like Precision to Revolutionize Coagulation Testing

In emergency settings, when patients arrive with a bleed or require urgent surgery, doctors rely solely on clinical judgment to determine if a patient is adequately anticoagulated for reversal treatment.... Read more


view channel
Image: The global surgical lights market is expected to grow by close to USD 0.50 billion from 2022 to 2027 (Photo courtesy of Freepik)

Global Surgical Lights Market Driven by Increasing Number of Procedures

The global surgical lights market is set to witness high growth, largely due to the increasing incidence of chronic illnesses, a surge in demand for cosmetic and plastic surgeries, and untapped opportunities... Read more
Copyright © 2000-2023 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.