Don’t perform radiation therapy treatment for degenerative joint disease (benign), especially under the age of 60.

Type of practice

Other treatments

Topic Area

Radiotherapy

The use of radiation therapy in the treatment of well-selected benign diseases is widely documented in the literature. The indications are limited to cases with serious functional problems or even threat to life itself. However, the published data do not justify the radiation treatment of degenerative joint diseases, especially below 60 years of age, because of the risks associated with this practice.

Sources

1. Radiation Therapy of Benign Diseases: A Clinical Guide - Stanley Elias Order, ‎Sarah S. Donaldson - 2003 , Springer.

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