Prospective trials have demonstrated the advantage of dose-escalated radiotherapy for the biochemical and clinical control of intermediate risk prostate cancer. Dose escalation improves outcomes but increases risks of urinary and bowel toxicity. Recently the contribution of “spacers” positioned in the septum between the rectum and the prostate could improve the functional results of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). To date most of the evaluated devices were polyethylen glycol (PEG) and hyaluronic acid (HA). Men on the Spacer arm had decreased bowel toxicity and less decline in both urinary and bowel quality of life as compared to Control men in a randomized trial.
This is an interventional, multi-center study to evaluate the use of biodegradable inflatable balloon for patients with intermediate risk prostate cancer treated by IMRT (74 to 80 Gy, 2 Gy/fraction) with daily image guided radiotherapy.
This multicenter prospective study will yield new data regarding dosimetric gain and implantation stages of Bioprotect balloon. Acute and late toxicities and quality of life will be registered too.
NCT02478112, date of registration: 15/06/2015.