London Freemasons for CyberKnife
In June 2010 London Freemasons launched an appeal in partnership with Barts and The London Charity, to raise £2.5 million to purchase a CyberKnife, a state-of the-art radiotherapy treatment in the fight against cancer.
With their outstanding and continued support, London Freemasons have now raised the money to purchase the CyberKnife in less than two years. As a result, CyberKnife has already treated 50 patients since its installation.
The CyberKnife treatment does not involve any surgical operations; in fact, the CyberKnife System is the world’s first and only robotic radiosurgery system to treat the entire body non-invasively including areas such as the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney. It provides a pain-free option for patients, who may have historically inoperable or surgically complex tumours.
The CyberKnife can treat both cancerous and non-cancerous tumours located in all parts of the body. The treatment delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumours with extreme accuracy without harming the surrounding areas such as healthy tissue, adjoining organs or even the spine. This CyberKnife is one of only three available in NHS Hospitals UK wide, enabling both NHS and private patients the option of treatment – thus also offering new hope to patients from the entire UK.
Barts and The London Charity are extremely grateful to London Freemasons for their tremendous efforts and commitment to the appeal.
Andrew Douglas, Chief Executive of Barts and the London Charity states: “I am delighted with the installation of Cyberknife. My thanks go to all those Freemasons who have made this possible. Cyberknife will be their legacy in the onward going development in the treatment of Cancer”.