Cyberknife for neurological conditions

The CyberKnife at The London Clinic is located in a purpose-built suite in The Duchess of Devonshire Wing.  Consultants who practice at The London Clinic use it as an alternative to surgery for complex or inoperable cases.  It is used to successfully treat small to medium sized tumours within the brain and spine, but also within the lung, digestive system, liver, pancreas and other parts of the body.

Our multi-disciplinary team at The London Clinic, led by the neuroscience centre surgeons and supported by the medical physics department, use CyberKnife radiosurgery to treat these conditions:

  • Malignant primary brain tumours or secondary brain tumours that have formed due to cancer elsewhere in the body
  • Benign brain tumours such as meningiomas and acoustic neuromas
  • Vascular problems within the brain such as arteriovenous malformations
  • Some spinal tumours
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Using the Cyberknife

The CyberKnife was developed during the 1990s in the United States in order to treat brain tumours that are not accessible to conventional surgery.

The highly-focussed beams of radiation can target brain tumours that are deep within the brain tissue that would otherwise be untreatable as they are not suitable for brain surgery. 

CyberKnife radiosurgery is also available for patients whose general health would make it difficult to cope with extensive brain surgery and anaesthesia, or those patients who want to avoid surgery for personal reasons.

Advantages of the Cyberknife

Conventional brain surgery takes several hours and often requires intensive care support following the operation as well as a recovery period of several weeks.

In comparison, stereotactic radiosurgery, as delivered using the CyberKnife, has many advantages such as:

  • Cyberknife Surgery is carried out on an outpatient basis with each treatment session taking about an hour so you can carry on your normal life during your course of treatment.
  • The procedure is painless so there is no need for anaesthetic.
  • CyberKnife treatments are normally concluded in a week or less, allowing you to resume your day-to-day life as soon as possible.
  • CyberKnife treatment is made as comfortable as possible. You wil be asked to wear a face mask to ensure minimum movement for treatment.