Treating Benign Conditions with Radiation Therapy

treating benign conditions with radiation therapy

Q. Did you know GenesisCare treat benign conditions with radiation therapy to reduce the pain associated with degenerative or inflammatory conditions? Have treatment methods such as steroid injections, pain medications and physiotherapy failed to provide pain relief and reduce inflammation?

A. Radiation therapy may now be an appropriate treatment option for you.

There is now a large and growing body of clinical research to demonstrate that radiation therapy, often called radiotherapy, can be as effective as traditional treatment techniques across a range of degenerative or inflammatory musculoskeletal indications. These include plantar fasciitis, Dupuytren’s contracture disease / plantar fibromatosis, Achilles tendinopathy, rotator cuff syndrome and tennis elbow.

Established treatments, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections and/or physiotherapy, have shown to have variable effectiveness on these conditions. In some cases, randomized trials have demonstrated that radiation therapy produces superior outcomes.1, 2, 3, 4 For example, a clinical trial showed that patients treated with radiation therapy for plantar fasciitis had improved pain control with radiation therapy compared with steroid injections.5 Although the exact mechanisms are unclear, it is thought that radiation therapy works by exerting an anti-inflammatory or anti-proliferative effect to reduce pain and swelling.

Radiation treatments can be delivered in as few as six non-invasive sessions. Each session takes around 20 minutes and has minimal risks. All treatments are delivered safely and effectively 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.

Meet our treatment team and their locations: 

Associate Prof Martin BorgAssoc. Prof Martin Borg
South Australia / Adelaide
Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre
Adelaide City, Kurralta Park, North Adelaide, Wallaroo and Murray Bridge
T: +61 (0) 8 8228 6700

 

 

Why choose radiation therapy at GenesisCare?

  • No waiting lists
  • Treatment for both public and private patients
  • Highly affordable with cost effective treatment options using the latest VMAT technology
  • Minimal risk - doses are delivered in accordance with the best international experience
  • Superior treatment alternatives for benign conditions with unique outcomes compared to established treatments

Did you know that radiation therapy is a recommended treatment for following benign conditions?

Many other conditions can also be treated with radiation therapy:

  • Achilles tendinopathy (swelling and stiffness of the Achilles tendon)
  • Tennis elbow / lateral epicondylitis (inflammation of the elbow muscles)
  • Golfer’s elbow / medial epicondylitis (pain or resistance when performing gripping tasks)
  • Plantar fibromatosis / Ledderhose disease (foot nodules)
  • Rotator cuff syndrome (shoulder Injury)
  • Heterotopic ossification / heterotopic bone formation (abnormal bone formation)
  • Moderate osteoarthritis of the knees and hips (pain due to arthritis in the knee and hip)
  • Pterygium (over growth of the conjunctiva)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Keloids
  • Psoriasis

Recent research findings:

Both the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) have recently published consensus guidelines on the use of radiotherapy for benign conditions.