Surgery & Cancer

Over 350,000 people are diagnosed with cancer annually in the UK, almost half with incurable, late-stage diseases. Cancer remains one of the UK’s leading causes of death and cancer survival remains lower than in many European countries.

This Theme aims to improve cancer outcomes through patient-focussed research, focusing on some of the most common cancers in North-West London: breast, urological (especially prostate and bladder), gastro-intestinal (including hepato-pancreato-biliary), haematological and gynaecological. Outcomes can only be improved by diagnosing cancer earlier in those without symptoms and more rapidly in those with suspicious symptoms and improving treatment once diagnosed. The specific targets of this Theme include:

  • Improving patient pathways through studies that will allow early diagnosis of cancer, including studies of digital tools, including artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.
  • Introducing novel technologies and treatments that expand our longstanding convergence-science approach to enhance precision medicine in cancer.
Key Individuals
  • Professor Amanda Cross
    Professor Amanda Cross
    Professor in Cancer Epidemiology - Co-Theme Lead
  • Professor Iain McNeish
    Professor Iain McNeish
    Professor of Oncology and Head of Division of Cancer - Co-Theme Lead
  • Dr David Pinato
    Dr David Pinato
    Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology
  • Dr Laura Kenny
    Dr Laura Kenny
    Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology
  • Dr Luca Magnani
    Dr Luca Magnani
    Chair in Cancer Adaptation and Evolution
  • Kelly Gleason
    Kelly Gleason
    CRUK Lead Nurse/Nurse Consultant
  • Mr Daniel Leff
    Mr Daniel Leff
    Reader in Breast Surgery
  • Mr James Kinross
    Mr James Kinross
    Clinical Senior Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery
  • Prof Christina Fotopoulou
    Prof Christina Fotopoulou
    Consultant gynaecological oncologist
  • Prof Maria Kyrgiou
    Prof Maria Kyrgiou
    Clinical Professor of Gynaecological Oncology
  • Professor Anastasios Karadimitris
    Professor Anastasios Karadimitris
    Professor of Haematology
  • Professor Andrea Rockall
    Professor Andrea Rockall
    Consultant Radiologist
  • Professor Charlotte Bevan
    Professor Charlotte Bevan
    Professor of Cancer Biology
  • Professor Cristina Lo Celso
    Professor Cristina Lo Celso
    Prof Stem Cell Biology
  • Professor Eric Aboagye
    Professor Eric Aboagye
  • Professor Gina Brown
    Professor Gina Brown
    Professor of Gastrointestinal Cancer Imaging
  • Professor Guido Franzoso
    Professor Guido Franzoso
    Chair in Inflammation and Signal Transduction
  • Professor Hashim Ahmed
    Professor Hashim Ahmed
    Chair in Urology
  • Professor Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami
    Professor Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami
    Professor of Gynaecological Oncology
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