CyberKnife is the very latest in radiotherapy technology. The Royal Marsden is one of the first London NHS Trusts to install the latest model of CyberKnife. It has been delivering the latest in stereotactic radiotherapy since July 2011.
He said: "I was remarkably calm on the day of my first treatment. The treatment lasted about 45 minutes and it was so restful and peaceful. I had a lovely picture to look at on the ceiling which relaxed me, and I chose to listen to Susan Boyle and Johnny Cash. I think I actually fell asleep at one point.
"It was so different to any other treatment I have had previously. I expected the CyberKnife robot to take its position and stay there for the whole treatment but it constantly moved around. It is incredible that it even could adjust for my body moving by me breathing or my bladder filling up. It is hard for a lay person to take on board or grasp how incredible it is."
Ray works as a self-employed plasterer so the reduction in the number of treatment sessions was also a huge benefit to him.
"Last time it seemed I was always at hospital but this time I went to work early in the morning and then came to my appointment in the afternoon. It didn’t interfere with my life at all and this time I didn’t even experience any side effects.
"CyberKnife has given me an extra chance and will hopefully do so for many other patients, giving hope to a lot of people."
Supported by The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
Supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity raised £4.1 million for the purchase and installation of CyberKnife at The Royal Marsden in Chelsea.
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