Radiation therapy can be used to treat many benign (non-cancerous) conditions. It provides effective pain or discomfort relief and can delay, or even prevent, the need for surgery.
Treating benign conditions with radiation therapy
We can treat benign conditions with radiation therapy to reduce the pain or discomfort associated with degenerative or inflammatory conditions. Radiation treatments can be delivered in as few as six non-invasive sessions. Each session takes around 15 minutes and has minimal risks. All treatments are delivered with modern equipment and using the latest proven techniques. There may be some mild redness of the skin immediately following treatment, but this usually disappears over 2-3 weeks.
Anecdotally, around 80% of our patients report some resolution of pain, and about one third state that the pain is completely controlled after treatment. For some conditions like Keloid and Heterotopic ossification, radiotherapy appears to reduce the chance of the condition returning following surgery. Results do vary according to the underlying conditions, and an initial assessment and discussion is important to help understand the uncertainties and alternative treatment options.
Our expert team have extensive experience and are able to share their knowledge through our aligned departments and attendance at local multidisciplinary clinics.
Benign conditions treated with radiation therapy
Dupuytren’s Contracture (palmar fibromatosis)
Ledderhose Disease (plantar fibromatosis)
Plantar fasciitis / heel spurs
Heterotopic ossification / heterotopic bone formation
What other people ask
Not at all. Radiation therapy is painless. In fact, you don’t see or feel the actual treatment. Most people continue with their usual daily routine during the treatment course.
Your specialist will recommend the treatment that’s best suited to treat your condition.
Side effects do exist, and they vary from person to person.
The most common side effects are tiredness and skin changes. Other side effects depend on the part of your body being treated.
Your radiation oncologist and nurse will explain the side effects specific to your treatment area. They will also give you advice on how to manage these and look after yourself during treatment.