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Why is gel used during radiation for bladder cancer?

Karim Chamie, MD
Urology
A gel is used to treat bladder cancer during radiation therapy in an effort to mark the area of the cancer and the borders of the bladder. This allows the radiation oncologist to correctly radiate the bladder while avoiding the surrounding normal tissue. These gel implants help prevent dangerous side effects by ensuring accuracy with radiation. By the time the radiation therapy is complete, the gel begins to dissolve.

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