One year anniversary of Sutton CyberKnife
The radiotherapy team are celebrating one year since the brand new CyberKnife was installed in Sutton, a state of the art model which is able to deliver larger doses of precisely targeted and advanced radiotherapy.
In the last year, over 250 courses of radiotherapy have been delivered to over 200 patients across a number of different tumour types including brain and prostate cancer. The Royal Marsden are the only hospital in the UK to have this model of CyberKnife, funded by The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The additional feature, currently exclusive to our hospital, is a multileaf collimator (MLC) head, which means faster treatment delivery times and shorter treatment sessions for patients.
Colin Dance, 74, from Chessington, Surrey, received CyberKnife treatment last month following a diagnosis of prostate cancer earlier in the year. As part of the PACE research trial, which uses stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) via CyberKnife to deliver higher doses of radiation to patients in a shorter period of time, Colin received just 5 treatment sessions and at his last consultation appointment was assured that his treatment had successfully eradicated the disease.
Colin said: “The Cyberknife is an incredible machine, such amazing technology and I feel really lucky to have had treatment which was over so quickly. I feel absolutely brilliant to be told such good news which coincided with my 50th wedding anniversary –it was a double celebration this weekend! The Royal Marsden CyberKnife team are my guardian angels, I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me.”