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PATIENT JOURNEY

Meticulous Planning, Robotic Precision

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TREATMENT PROCESS

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REFERRAL

Ask your GP or specialist to provide you with a referral to one of our 5D Radiation Oncologists.

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CONSULT

Initial Consultation with Radiation Oncologist to assess eligibility for treatment and discuss the treatment protocol.

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Scan

Patient attends for planning scans at a Radiology clinic.

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Plan

5D Clinics team of specialists formulate the safest and most effective CyberKnife® treatment plan, specifically tailored and unique to each patient, and integral to maximising treatment efficacy.

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Treatment

Patient attends 5D Clinics for CyberKnife® treatment.

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Care

Follow up care is provided at regular intervals in the months following treatment completion.

TREATMENT EXPERIENCE

Treatments typically take anywhere between 30-60mins. Once treatment is finished, patients are able to leave the clinic and continue with their normal activities.

At 5D Clinics, we understand that radiosurgery treatment can be scary.

Our team are on hand to make your patient journey as easy and comforting as possible. Patients coming in for their first treatment will be guided through the process by trained Radiation Therapy treatment staff, who are also available to answer any queries.

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Once in the treatment room, patients will be positioned comfortably on the treatment couch.

Once in position, Radiation therapy staff leave the room to configure the final elements of the robotic treatment program.

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Radiation Therapy staff will be in constant contact with you throughout your treatment.

Cameras and a microphone in the treatment room enable patients to communicate with radiation therapy staff at all times. During treatment, the Robot will move around the patient, stopping at numerous, pre-defined points to deliver beams of radiation. Patients will not see or feel anything whilst the radiation is being delivered.

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Expectations Post Treatment.

In the months following completion of your treatment program, patients should expect follow up appointments with our doctors at regular intervals.

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HOW CAN WE HELP?

The total number of CyberKnife® treatments required depends on the type and location of the lesion to be treated. Treatments are typically delivered over 1-5 treatment sessions.

A CyberKnife® treatment session takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the type, size and location of the lesion to be treated.

Side effects from CyberKnife® treatment are generally very minimal but may include nausea and fatigue. Please consult one of our Radiation Oncologists to see if CyberKnife treatment is right for you.

Conventional radiotherapy uses only a few beams and large field sizes. Furthermore, conventional radiotherapy cannot accurately track movement of a lesion, for example due to respiration and other organ motion. As a consequence, radiation is delivered to a large area of tissue and has to be provided over an extended number of treatment sessions lasting up to 7 weeks.

The CyberKnife® system is comprised of a Linear Accelerator which delivers high energy x-rays, mounted onto a robotic arm, and image guidance technology for sub-millimetre accuracy. Being fully robotic, the CyberKnife® is able to continually monitor patient and lesion movement. The robotic arm enables the machine to treat a lesion from thousands of different angles in the space surrounding the patient. Generating a treatment plan of hundreds of different beams, the CyberKnife® system delivers high doses of precisely targeted radiation, minimising dose to surrounding healthy tissue and organs. Because of its precision, a CyberKnife® treatment course can be delivered in as few as 1-5 treatment sessions.

As each case is different, please feel free to upload a new patient form and a 5D Clinics staff member will be in contact with you.