The CyberKnife at The London Clinic is located on one of the lower floors of the cancer centre. A growing number of consultants who practice at The London Clinic use it as an alternative to surgery for difficult or inoperable cases. It can be used successfully to treat small to medium sized tumours within the brain and spine, but also within the lung, digestive system, liver, pancreas and other body sites.

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What type of neurological conditions can the CyberKnife treat?

The CyberKnife was developed during the 1990s in the US to treat brain tumours that were not accessible to conventional surgery.

The highly focused beams of radiation can target brain tumours that are deep within the brain tissue that would be otherwise 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 have personal reasons for wanting to avoid surgery.

At The London Clinic, our multi-disciplinary team led by the neuroscience centre surgeons, ably supported by the medical physics department, use CyberKnife radiosurgery to treat:

  • 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 and brain aneurysms
  • Some spinal tumours
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Advantages of CyberKnife treatment

Stereotactic radiosurgery has many advantages compared to conventional brain surgery, which typically takes several hours and needs intensive care support and a recovery time of several weeks:

  • CyberKnife surgery is done on an outpatient basis; each treatment session takes about one hour.
  • The procedure is painless, so you need no anaesthetic.
  • You can have several CyberKnife treatments spread over different time intervals, and maintain normal activities in between.
  • The treatment is not uncomfortable: you simply lie down and relax while the arm of the CyberKnife® moves around you; it even compensates for small movements caused by muscular activity and breathing. This means you do not need a head restraint, although we normally ask you to wear a comfortable face mask.