Radiotherapy works best in the early stages of the Dupuytren’s disease where there is no contracture or only minimal contracture of the fingers (less than 10 degrees). The effectiveness of radiotherapy as a treatment is lower in the later stages of the disease when the fingers are more contracted (bent). However, in some cases, the contracture (bending) can be released with needle aponeurotomy and then treated with radiotherapy in order to stop the contracture recurring and to prevent disease in the rest of the hand forming a contracture.
A study of radiotherapy treatment for early Dupuytren’s disease showed that without radiotherapy treatment, 80% of participants* that received radiotherapy treatment found that the disease had stopped or even improved the disease at eight years after treatment, and only 8% needed surgery. In contrast, 62% of patients* that did not receive radiotherapy treatment had worsening of the disease at five years and 30% needed surgery. This shows the benefits of radiotherapy, it is able to treat the disease from getting worse and reduce the need for surgery in around two-thirds of patients.
Read more about the experience of other patients who have been treated using radiotherapy to find out how effective they found their treatment by looking at our radiotherapy patient stories.
*Please note that results may vary for different people.