High-tech boost to cancer treatment

WA has secured the nation's first CyberKnife, a radiotherapy machine that can target previously incurable cancers.

The $9 million robotic machine, which claims to deliver higher radiation doses at greater accuracy than conventional radiotherapy, can be used to ablate hard-to-access tumours.

Dr Colin Tang, a radiation oncologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, which will house the CyberKnife, said it was most commonly used to treat prostate and central nervous system tumours, and arteriovenous malformations.