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Outcomes of Radiotherapy for Ledderhose disease (Plantar Fibromatosis) of the feet

8 July, 2019

Aim Plantar Fibromatosis (Ledderhose disease, LD) is a benign hyperproliferative condition of the fascia of the sole of the foot, histologically identical to Dupuytren’s disease of the hand. It manifests as lumps on the sole of the foot and can cause significant functional impairment due to pain and large lumps. Surgical excision and plantar fasciectomy…

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July 2019

8 July, 2019

Radiotherapy Treatment: Electrons vs X-rays

I’ve been asked many times about the difference between electrons and superficial X-rays when we use radiotherapy treatment for Dupuytren’s and Ledderhose disease. Here we look at how they both work, identifying some of the similarities and differences between them. Fundamentally, how does radiotherapy affect tissues? Tissue is made up of atoms, each of which…

8 July, 2019

Information following Radiotherapy treatment for Dupuytren’s and Ledderhose disease

After radiotherapy you may experience some side effects so here’s some information and advice on what these may be and how to manage them. What side effects should I expect in the weeks after radiotherapy treatment? Radiotherapy treatment may cause mild redness, soreness and dryness of the skin in the targeted area. This tends to…

8 July, 2019

Repeating Radiotherapy for early Dupuytren’s and Ledderhose Disease

Here, we look at whether we should repeat radiotherapy for Dupuytren’s or Ledderhose disease. I have tried to keep in mind the overriding principle of “first do no harm”, while allowing re-irradiation in certain defined circumstances. This post is aimed both towards patients and radiation oncologists. Radiotherapy is effective at the prevention of contracture and…