What is CyberKnife
The CyberKnife System is a form of stereotactic radiosurgery (radiation therapy) or SRS. It is also known as stereotactic body surgery (SBRT). It can be used to treat a variety of
cancerous and non-cancerous problems.
The CyberKnife treatment works by sending multiple beams of high dose radiation from a wide variety of angles using a robotic arm. X-ray cameras monitor the patient’s movement and/or breathing, and re-position the radiotherapy beam in order to minimise damage to healthy tissue. This accuracy enables tumours to be treated that are in difficult or dangerous to treat positions, and it can be used in place of surgery in some cases. We commonly treat
cancers such as brain tumours and brain metastases, early stage prostate cancer, spine tumours and spine metastases, and lung tumours. We also treat benign conditions such as acoustic neuroma, meningioma, AVM, pituitary adenoma and trigeminal neuralgia. Some other cancerous and non-cancerous problems are also suitable for this kind of treatment, and this is dependent on the tumour type, size and location.
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How to access the Service/Referral process?
The best thing is to speak with the doctor who is looking after your care (Consultant), and ask if Stereotactic Radiotherapy may be a suitable treatment option.
Your Consultant can then refer you for discussion at our Cyberknife Multidisciplinary Team Meeting (MDT) here at the Hermitage Medical Clinic.
At this meeting, a team of specialists (Radiation Oncology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, Physics and Radiation Therapy) discuss referred cases and determine suitability for treatment. If it is decided that you are suitable for treatment we will then take over your care. This meeting takes place monthly.
For the MDT referral, we need a referral letter from your Consultant and copies of all your data regarding treatment and diagnosis, along with copies of recent MRIs or CTs (image sets and reports).
How much does it cost?
Cyberknife treatment is covered by many insurance policies. We always seek prior approval from the insurance company prior to beginning any Cyberknife treatment plan. Patients can also self-pay for the treatment, and our finance team would advise and arrange for payment of treatment costs prior to proceeding with treatment.
Ireland’s First CyberKnife Patient at the Hermitage Medical Clinic
Laurenz Egan was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma and underwent CyberKnife treatment at the Hermitage Medical Clinic. In this video he tells us about his CyberKnife journey.