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Radiotherapy for Benign Conditions

The aim of using radiotherapy for benign conditions like Dupuytren’s disease is to treat the progression or even improve the degree of flexibility in the affected area. The radiation, which may have minor side effects, is aimed towards the nodules (lumps) on the palm of the hand in order to soften them, and to prevent further contractures of the fingers. The treatment is typically administered over five consecutive days, excluding weekends, and is repeated after a break of 2 – 3 months. Each treatment takes under one minute per hand to administer.

NICE Guidance for Radiotherapy for Benign Conditions

Radiotherapy was approved for use in the UK for Dupuytren’s contracture in 2010 by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence), which is the organisation that assesses new treatments for the NHS. This document can be found here.

Effectiveness
How effective is radiotherapy for benign conditions?
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What to expect
Everything you need to know – from your initial consultation to the end of your treatment.
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Side effects
What minor side effects can you expect from your radiotherapy treatment.
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Other treatments
There are several other treatments for Dupuytren’s disease, read more about them here.
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