What is Radiotherapy?
Radiotherapy (radiation therapy) is the use of X-rays and other rays (such as electrons) to treat disease. It is often used to treat cancer, but can also be used to treat non-cancer conditions such as Dupuytren's disease. Radiotherapy is painless and does not involve any surgery.
Why is Radiotherapy used for Dupuytrens?
The aim of giving radiotherapy for Dupuytren's disease in its early stage is to slow or stop it worsening. The radiation is aimed towards the nodules and cords associated with the disease. The idea is to soften the nodules and cords, and to prevent contractures of the hand. The radiation is typically given over five consecutive days, excluding weekends, and is repeated after a break of about eight weeks.