Radiotherapy, or radiation treatment, is a painless procedure which uses X-rays and other rays, such as electrons, to treat disease. It is most often used to treat cancer, but can also be used to treat non-cancerous (benign) conditions such as Ledderhose Disease, Plantar Fasciitis and early stage Dupuytren’s Disease.
Radiotherapy can treat the progression or even improve the condition in areas affected by Dupuytren’s disease and Ledderhose disease.*
During treatment, radiation is aimed towards the nodules (lumps) on the palm of the hand, sole of the foot in order to soften them, and to prevent further contractures.
The anti-inflammatory effect of radiotherapy has been also shown to be very beneficial for patients with plantar fasciitis. The reduction of swelling increases the quality of life for each patient.
Treatment for all of these conditions is typically administered over five consecutive days, excluding weekends, and is repeated after a break of two to three months, and each treatment normally takes less than one minute to administer.
*Please note that results may vary for different people.
The dose of radiation that is received for the treatment of benign conditions is considerably lower than the dose given for cancer. The amount of radiation each patient receives is carefully calculated and targeted to a specific area.
The risk of developing cancer as a result of this treatment is very low and there have been no actual documented cases.
It is unlikely, but some minor side-effects may be experienced when having radiotherapy, click here to find out more.