The most State of the Art Radiation Oncology facility in North Pinellas County | 📞 (727) 966-HOPE (4673)

At Clearwater Radiation Oncology, we are a state-of-the-art Radiation Therapy Center using low-dose radiotherapy to successfully reduce pain and discomfort for multiple noncancerous and benign conditions such as:

  1. Osteoarthritis
  2. Tendonitis
  3. Plantar Fasciitis
  4. Dupuytren’s Contracture
  5. Desmoid Tumor
  6. Keloids
  7. Bursitis
  8. Achilles Tendinitis
  9. Tennis Elbow
  10. Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  11. Paraganglioma
  12. And Gynecomastia to name a few

To see our specialists and have a patient-centered discussion about what options are best suited for your disease, call for a consult today at ……


Low Dose Radiotherapy for Osteoarthritis: An Alternative Noninvasive, Cost-Effective, Treatment with Great Therapeutic Results and Minimal Side Effects

Osteoarthritis (OA) is known to be a progressively debilitating disorder commonly presenting with symptoms of pain, loss of mobility, joint stiffness, and fatigue.  It is the second leading cause of disability, the second-most costly health condition, and the fastest increasing medical condition in the United States. The incidence and prevalence of OA are expected to continuously rise parallel to an aging population, with 1 in 7 Americans living with a diagnosis of OA at present.

Currently, there is no definitive intervention for addressing early-stage OA given that the etiology is multifactorial, and the exact disease mechanism is still not completely understood.   Since there are no universal guidelines for the specific sequencing or combination of therapies, interventions usually differ among patients.  At first, conservative therapies are utilized, such as weight loss, physical rehab, and keeping up with moderate levels of physical activity. If OA is resistant to such approaches, Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are then given as a trial for relief. However, long term NSAIDS are associated with their own complications, such as gastrointestinal bleeds, cardiovascular events, and possible renal failure. 

Fortunately, low-dose radiotherapy (LDRT) has now positioned itself as an acceptable and effective therapeutic alternative for patients with OA, as seen in multiple clinical trials that have exhibited symptomatic pain relief in 63 to 90% of all irradiated patients. These same studies reveal very minimal to no acute or late side effects, with some publications showing only mild skin redness as a presenting symptom.  In addition, LDRT has not shown to have a negative impact on the function of noninflamed joints, or is it a contraindication for a subsequent surgical intervention.


So, how can LDRT play a role for OA in patients today? Currently, LDRT is gaining utilization for refractory OA that has exhausted other first-line medical interventions, or even delivered before a more invasive procedure, such as a joint replacement. LDRT fills in the sweet spot for patients who are resistant to benign interventions, most likely require a more aggressive intervention, but would like to trial a more conservative treatment approach first.  LDRT would also not be a burden to the patient’s life, since a RT course is usually consisting of only 2-3 treatments a week for a total of 2 weeks. 


Have you had it with OA and the disability it causes? Is nothing working for your OA? Are you running out of therapeutic options, and do not want to pursue an aggressive intervention yet? If yes to any of the above, then Low-dose RT might be for you. It is a noninvasive, cost-effective, treatment with minimal side effects and good therapeutic results.


If you would like to learn more about LDRT for OA and consult with a local Radiation Oncologist, visit Clearwater Radiation Oncology at or call 727-966-HOPE (4673) and ask for Dr. Rahul Bhandari.  He will be happy to shed more light on how LDRT can better help you and your Osteoarthritis.


Dupuytren’s Contracture (DC) is a benign disease, also known as Viking’s Disease, that affects the connective tissue of the fingers and palms. First presenting as simple knots on the hands, overtime they slowly progress to firm cords along the tendons and palm.  When thickened, these cords then start contracting and causing flexion and deformations of the affected fingers. This will naturally cause discomfort, pain, and loss of function of the affected hand. 

Radiation Therapy (RT), through growing publications and patient experiences, is proving to be an extremely effective treatment modality for the early stages of Dupuytren’s Contractures if it meets any of these criteria:

  1. There is less than 10 degrees of fixed finger bending. If more than 10 degrees of finger bending, surgical intervention is preferred
  2. The disease has become prominently worse over the previous 6-12 months

Why Choose Radiation Therapy for Dupuytren’s Contracture?

Even though radiation therapy is just recently becoming implemented as a successful treatment choice for Dupuytren’s Contracture here in the United States, it has been used safely and effectively in Europe for quite some time now. For example, in the United Kingdom, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in 2010 approved RT to treat DC. One landmark study showed 80% of patients improved and/or stopped progressing, while only 8% required surgery, eight years after completion of RT.  On the other hand, 62% of patients who did not undergo RT had a disease progression and 30% of them needed surgery within 5 years.

Radiation Therapy Details:

Radiation Therapy is administered externally, so it is completely painless and noninvasive for the patient.


The radiation therapy is prescribed over two sessions, which are given 6-8 weeks apart. Each of the two sessions consists of 5 days of consecutive treatments lasting only approximately 15 minutes each. 


Given that there are no vital organs or structures in or near the hand, radiation therapy is commonly well-tolerated with minimal side effects. Potential side effects include mild redness, dryness, or soreness of the treated area, which commonly resolve.


If your patient would like to learn more about Radiation Therapy for their diagnosis of Dupuytren’s Contracture and consult with a local Radiation Oncologist, visit Clearwater Radiation Oncology at or call 727-966-HOPE (4673) and ask for Dr. Rahul Bhandari.  He will be happy to shed more light on how RT can better help these patients and their treatable disease. 


Hope From Success Stories

Dr. Shah and his staff are by far one of the kindest, most compassionate, doctors office I have ever been to. Finding out that I had breast cancer was quite a shock, but then I was also diagnosed with lung cancer. The only treatment for the lung cancer available to me was radiation. When my husband and I met with Dr. Shah for the first time, he told us what to expect and if any of my family had any questions, even if it was after hours, to give him a call because his calls are forwarded to his cell phone and he always answers it. All I can say is that when you walk in this office and you are greeted by Lori, you feel like you’re being treated by your family members. Chris, Jamie and Matt are so knowledgeable and answer all your questions and they too make you feel right at home. I had treatment with them for both of my cancers, which no one wants to have, but if you do need treatment, I highly recommend Dr. Shah. He really cares about his patients.
Linda Wisner
Linda Wisner
This is a beautiful immaculate office. The receptionist greets you and is so friendly and kind. The Dr is totally awesome. He takes the time to explain everthing, answers all of your questions and I had quite a few. He has empathy for his patients and has a good sense of humoriThe technicians are amazing. They kept me laughing and kept me from being nervous. The treatment does not hurt and is very quick. The amazing part for me is that my hands that have been so painful for the past 51 years no longer hurt! I have no pain at all. I can’t even believe it but it’s true. Even in this cold weather not even a twinge!! This is life changing for me and I’m so grateful to Dr. Bhandari for bringing this treatment to osteoarthritis patients.
Barbara Barna
Barbara Barna
This center is a wonderful breath of fresh air in a time where healthcare is getting very depersonalized and corporate. They have the latest and greatest technology and radiation equipment. The entire staff feels like family, and are extremely compassionate, caring, and work to prioritize your time, schedule, and needs. Dr Shah and Dr Bhandari are both excellent physicians that are extremely thoughtful in their medical practice. They both provide a personalized approach with each of their patients which is a rareity in healthcare today. They take their time when speaking with their patients, and you will be treated like a person with a name instead of a diagnosis with a number. I highly recommend this facility!
Matt Lees
Matt Lees
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Clearwater Radiation Oncology. The personnel are very professional and friendly, their office is clean and well-managed, and the doctors are excellent. I would highly recommend them.
Ian Fleishman
Ian Fleishman
A+ Highly recommend
Alan Castner
Alan Castner
Everyone here is fabulous. They are so patient and kind and explain everything thoroughly to you. I highly recommend them.
Cynthia Lawrence
Cynthia Lawrence
Dr. Shah and everyone at Clearwater Radiation Oncology was amazing during a very difficult time. This is your best choice for radiation for breast cancer. As a nurse i have worked with many doctors and facilities and by far the compassionate care, state of the art technology, and personalized approach here was a breath of fresh air. Dr . Shah even gave us his cell phone to call if we had questions.
An amazing environment and professional team of dedicated individuals!
Ted Hoag
Ted Hoag
Dr Bhandari and the whole staff are great. Have the proper medical skills. Very friendly. Very accommodating. Technicians are great. Highly recommend.
Charles Stivers
Charles Stivers