I was 69, a farm worker and retired service man, when I decided radiotherapy was the way I would try and slow or even stop my Dupuytren’s progression in my right hand. My left hand had already had surgery two years before.

At the time I thought I might have been the first person to try receive that treatment in Australia. Certainly my radiologist had never performed the procedure and the only information came from a German site.

I had found some interesting information on a German site (International Dupuytren Society) discussing the treatment. I was already going to the clinic for another procedure.

I was on good terms with the radiologist and I thought he might at least look at the research and if he thought it warranted would give it the green light.

I followed pretty much the same process in getting my treatment as your story with Judith Proctor (see “Judith’ story of radiotherapy in England“) In my case I needed to get approval from the Dept. Of Veterans Affairs as I was a returned serviceman with full medical. This was an easy matter as the radiologist had made a good case.

After about a month the radiologist contacted me and suggested a regime of 3 times a week for a month. It was also recommended that afterwards I keep my hand covered from sun damage for a few months as well.

By the 3rd week my hand had developed quite a reddened appearance.

After the completion of the treatment at about the 5th week a large amount of (previously callussed) skin on the palm of my hand flaked off. ( Slight concern!!!)

However, by the 6-7th week my skin had repaired itself and I continued to use skin moisturize, as I had daily from the beginning.

It has now been 12 years since the treatment and my right hand is showing no signs of a reccurrence, with no signs of nodules.

My left hand however has had 2 Needle Aponeurotomies over 5 years and my left ring finger is very slowly still contracting

Right hand 12 years after radiotherapy:

 

Left hand after surgery and two needle procedures:

 

Dave left hand

Dave left