Alexandra began developing a hard lump on her left hand that began interfering with her ability grip her bicycle’s handlebars and hold her dog’s leash. After seeing a doctor, she was diagnosed with Dupuytren’s contracture.
Dupuytren’s is a benign skin condition in which connective tissue under the palm thickens and scars, resulting in the formation of knots and cords. If left untreated, Dupuytren’s can lead to one or more of the fingers becoming permanently bent.
Initially, Alexandra was told that there was a surgical treatment option for Dupuytren’s contracture. She was not ready to take the drastic step of surgery and explored all treatment options available. This led her to a consultation with Dr. John Glees at Cancer Centre London, where she learned about the option to be treated with radiotherapy using the Xstrahl 150 system.
After 10 brief treatment’s Alexandra, the lump almost disappeared, giving her better results than someone she knew who decided to go the surgical route. Low dose radiation therapy can be used to reduce pain and prevent the progression of Dupuytren’s contracture.
Read the full article originally posted on the IORBC website here.