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Official opening of The CyberKnife Unit at Mount Vernon PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 February 2011 15:50

 The CyberKnife unit at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre was officially opened on Wednesday the 19th January, sadly Nick Hurd MP could not attend.
The acquisition of CyberKnife was a major coup for the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre – the first NHS hospital in the country to have this unique facility, so accurate in dispensing radiotherapy that patients who had no hope now dare to hope again.   

 Made possible by the outstanding generosity of a single benefactor, the introduction of CyberKnife required meticulous planning. The previous series of videos brings together many months of work, from preparation of the lead-lined room in which CyberKnife is housed and its delivery from the USA, right through to a simulation of CyberKnife in action and the glad day when a grateful patient could say thank you in person. These two videos of the opening celebration,  was the culmination of months of effort by the team.

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- Part One

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written by Ruth Peberdy, March 05, 2011
It is six years since I began my quest to raise awareness of the Cyberknife robotic radiosurgery system. From the moment I learned of its existence I realised that here was a major development in the treatment of both benign and malignant tumours, that it would save and extend lives with improved quality.
I am so delighted that at last, the NHS is embracing this technology, that this will be the flagship Cyberknife Centre which will herald the setting up of many more.
written by Josephine, March 10, 2011
Congratulations on a wonderful video, was the music themed to the subject, if so, well chosen. This system is 'one big leap for mankind' and Mount Vernon are lucky to have such a generous benefactor. I am sure it is a huge asset to the Cancer Centre and to the patients being treated there. What is needed are more CyberKnife units in other parts of the country, they will, in the course of time, reduce the cost of treatment by being more efficient, shame my good friend could not use it.
written by Kal, March 11, 2011
The CyberKnife is a huge advance in technology in the fight against cancer and we are lucky to have the first NHS unit in the country the beauty is that it can treat even the most difficult tumours, ie brain, lungs, (because they move) pancreas and prostrate etc.
These latest videos seem to be of a higher quality, more advancing technology? Well done.
written by Daphne Duggan, March 14, 2011
I have just viewed your video of the Official Opening of the Cyberknife Unit. It brought back the emotion I felt whist there that evening and can only repeat my heartfelt thanks to Mr Ephraim, Dr Ostler and everybody concerned with the Cyberknife - and consequently, my health.
I am so lucky to have received treatment via the Cyberknife that I urge anyone who is also offered this treatment to go ahead without any qualms. Treatment is non-invasive, has hardly any side-effects and, strangely, rather relaxing. Should the need arise, and the opportunity be offered, I would not hesitate to undergo this treatment again.
Thank you everybody again and again.
Daphne Duggan

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