CyberKnife® revolutionary radiosurgery – what can and cannot be treated

CyberKnife®, a robotic radiosurgery treatment, was developed in the 1990’s and has since been used to treat over 100,000 patients. The ‘surgery’ is in fact an alternative form of radiotherapy involving hundreds of pencil thin beams of radiation which are moved around the body by a robotic arm allowing for highly precise targeting of tumours.

The following conditions are suitable for treatment with the CyberKnife® radiosurgery technique:

Due to its high concentration of radiation CyberKnife® cannot be used to treat all tumours or cancers, particularly those that are larger or have spread to multiple sites. The following are unable to be treated with CyberKnife®:

For information about arranging a referral at the CyberKnife® Centre London please click here.

Abnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. Full medical glossary
A malignant tumour (cancer) that is formed from the epithelium, the tissue that covers the open surfaces of organs. Full medical glossary
The basic unit of all living organisms. Full medical glossary
One of two bean-shaped organs that are located on either side of the body, below the ribcage. The main role of the kidneys is to filter out waste products from the blood. Full medical glossary
A large abdominal organ that has many important roles including the production of bile and clotting factors, detoxification, and the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Full medical glossary
Secondary tumours’ that result from the spread of a malignant tumour to other parts of the body. Full medical glossary
The spread of a malignant tumour to other parts of the body. Full medical glossary
Pain caused by irritation of or damage to a nerve. Full medical glossary
A gland behind the stomach that produces digestive enzymes and the hormones insulin and glucagon, which together regulate glucose levels in the blood. Full medical glossary
A glandular organ that secretes digestive enzymes and hormones. Full medical glossary
Relating to the pancreas. Full medical glossary
A gland that surrounds the urethra near the bladder. It produces a fluid that forms part of the semen. Full medical glossary
Energy in the form of waves or particles, including radio waves, X-rays and gamma rays. Full medical glossary
The treatment of disease using radiation. Full medical glossary
An abnormal swelling. Full medical glossary