Construction of the new Gamma Knife Centre at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square is progressing to programme having started in April with completion due in October.

Designed by CSM architects Ltd and being constructed by Porters Ltd, the facility will provide world class facilities. The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) is the 6th centre in the country to host the equipment which will focus primarily on treating patients for brain metastases – tumours that develop in the brain from cancers elsewhere in the body.

Unlike traditional surgery, Gamma Knife procedures do not actually involve the use of a ‘knife’ or scalpel and the skull never has to be opened up. It works by targeting a single dose of radiation precisely on the tumour and this minimises damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

Although the Gamma Knife technology cannot cure cancerous tumours in the brain, it can often prolong life and improve the quality of life for patients. In those with dangerous but non-cancerous growths near blood vessels and glands, it can be a life-saver.

The effectiveness of Gamma Knife radiosurgery for brain metastases is accepted across the world and clinicians at the NHNN will be able to add to the evidence when the equipment becomes operational. All patients who come to NHNN with brain metastases will be enrolled in clinical studies.