The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

CyberKnife Technology

The Royal Marsden Hospital is developing its radiotherapy provision through the introduction of an innovative robotic radio surgery system. The CyberKnife will allow us to continue leading the way in pioneering clinical technology advancement, whilst offering our patients a unique form of treatment.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 7:00 PM, 19 January 2012 to 9:00 PM, 22 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1095197)

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  • CyberKnife could improve life for hundreds of patients. I’m proud to say I work at The Royal Marsden & we’re pioneering new cancer treatments.

    — Dr Nick Van As, Consultant Urology & GI

  • CyberKnife could improve life for hundreds of patients. I’m proud to say I work at The Royal Marsden & we’re pioneering new cancer treatments.

    — Dr Nick Van As, Consultant Urology & GI

Situation

At present, The Royal Marsden’s radiotherapy treatment is delivered through the use of a fixed linear accelerator, which allows limited field arrangements for determining the treatment area, with x-ray images of the tumour being taken only before & after a radiotherapy session. This therefore increases the risk of damage to surrounding healthy nerves & tissue, due to patient & tumour movement during treatment, especially when treating some rarer & more complex tumours.

Solution

CyberKnife will take x-ray photos during the patient’s session, enabling it to track the tumour’s movement to continuously ensure that radiation is directed solely onto the cancer. This significantly reduces risk to healthy tissue & nerves, allowing for a higher dose of radiation to be delivered with confidence that the rays are only affecting the necessary area. This increased accuracy & concentration will mean fewer treatment sessions & will allow us to treat more complex tumours.