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How we keep our information up-to-date

Who reviews our information and how often this is done.

This page sets out our review policy. It includes information about:

  • who reviews our content and when
  • reader contributions to Cancer Research UK patient information
  • our reviewers
  • a glossary of abbreviations

Who reviews our content and when

With the exception of content provided by our users, all material on the site has been specifically developed by the Cancer Research UK Patient Information Web Team. The information is reviewed before it goes up on the site and is revised regularly in order to keep it up to date. As well as the team checking the information two expert reviewers see all new sections before they go on the site. They make changes and additions to the text, which are then implemented by the Patient Information Web Team.

Expert reviewers include specialists in the subjuect area such as doctors, nurses and other allied health care professionals. Our reviewers are listed below.  

For existing content, we have a rolling review programme, aiming to have every section reviewed every 12 to 36 months. For most sections of the site, we carry out internal review and external review alternately. Internal reviews are carried out by members of the Cancer Research UK Information Nurse team or the Patient Information Web team.

Additional updates are made to content between reviews, in line with newly issued or updated NICE guidance, new drug licensing, treatment guidelines or major clinical trial results. 

We also have as many sections of the site as possible reviewed by people with personal experience of cancer.

Reader contributions to Cancer Research UK patient information

If you are interested in reviewing a section for us, you should either have had cancer yourself or been a close relative of someone who has had cancer.

There are guidelines for lay reviewers that you can look at, to give you a idea of what we need and how you can help.

Our reviewers

Reviewers listed below include health professionals and members of the public. The list includes some past reviewers as well as current reviewers.

Dr R Allerton, MD FRCR, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

Mr William Allum, MBChB,MD,FRCS, Consultant in General Surgery, Royal Marsden Hospital (Sutton)

Anne, Dorchester (Patient reviewer)

Mr Dermot Ball, Network pharmacist, NHS North Central London and West Essex Cancer Commissioning Network

Dr Jim Barber MA DM MRCP FRCR, Consultant oncologist, Velindre Cancer Centre

Mr Sanj Bassi MB ChB FRCS(Eng) FRCS(NeuroSurg), Consultant Neurosurgeon, King's College Hospital, London

Dr Veronique Bataille MD PhD FRCP Consultant Dermatologist, Hemel Hempstead General Hospital, Herts

Mr Trevor Battersby, London (Patient reviewer)

Ms Julie Beckerson, Oncology dietician, Hammersmith Hospital, London

Ms Rita Beaumont, Chemotherapy Clinical Nurse Specialist, University College Hospital, London

Professor Martin Birchall MA, MD, FRCS, FRCS(Oto), FRCS (ORL), Professor of Head and Neck Surgery, Royal United Hospital, Bath

Ms Lynda Bramham, Senior Nurse Adviser, MASTA travel advisory service

Dr Caroline Brammer MB ChB, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

Dr John Bridgewater MA, FRCP, PhD, MBBS, Consultant Oncologist, University College London Hospital

Professor Leslie Bunt MBE, BA, PGCert.Ed, LGSM(MT), PhD, FAMI, FRSA, Professor in Music Therapy, University of the West of England, Bristol

Mr Simon Butler-Manuel MBBS, FRCS, MRCOG, MD, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford

Ms Lucienne Buttigieg, RGN, MCS, MacMillan Nurse

Mr Simon Carter, MB BS FRCS, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham

Dr Richard Casasola MBChB, MRCP, FRCR,Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Ms Rena Chauhan Highly Specialist Oncology Pharmacist - Cancer Research UK Information Lead, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London

Ms Man-Chie Chow, Lead Pharmacist Haemato-Oncology, The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford

Ms Tara Clancy, Consultant Genetic Counsellor/Lecturer in Medical Genetics, Manchester

Mr Peter Cooke MD, FRCS (Urol), Consultant Urological Surgeon, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton

Dr Mark Cooper BM, BCh, MRCP, PhD, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Endocrinology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Dr Pippa Corrie PhD FRCP, Consultant in Oncology, Addenbrooke’sHospital, Cambridge

Dr Robin Crawford, MD, FRCS, FRCOG, Consultant Gynaecologist, Addenbrooke's Hospital

Dr Tom Crosby, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Velindre Hospital, Cardiff

Mr Ramsey Cutress MB BCh MA PhD FRCS, Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in Breast Surgery, Southampton

Dr Nigel Dowdall Head of Aviation Health Unit, West Sussex

Mr Nick Duncan MRPharmS, Haematology Pharmacist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital,Birmingham

Dr I Fernando BSc FRCP FRCR, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Prof Alison Fiander BM MTCOG MSc DM, Consultant in Obstetrics andGynaecology, University Hospital of Wales

Dr Rob Finch, Chief Executive, The Royal College of Chiropractors, Reading

Ms Jane Fior Development Coordinator, Cancer Counselling London

Dr Hugo Ford MA, MB, BChir, MD,FRCP, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Addenbrooke'sHospital, Cambridge

Ms Catriona M Futter, BSc(Hons), MPhil, MCSP, Senior Physiotherapist, Canniesburn Hospital, Glasgow

Dr D Gilligan BSc, MB, BChir, MRCP, FRCR,Consultant Oncologist, Addenbrookes Hospital,Cambridge

Dr John Graham, MB ChB, FRCP ,FRCR, Lead Consultant Oncologist, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

Prof R J Grieve, MB, CHB, FRCP,FRCR, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, WalsgraveHospital, Coventry

Dr Rob Glynne Jones BA, MBBS, FRCP,FRCR, Consultant Oncologist, Mount Vernon Hospital, Middlesex

Professor Larry Goodyer, Head of the Leicester School of Pharmacy

Dr Patricia Grocott, Reader in Palliative Wound Care, King's College London

Ms Lorraine Grover RGN, DipPST, Clinical NurseTherapist in Sexual Well being, London

Dr S Grummett, MRCP PhD Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Richard Grundy, MBChB, Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Oncology, Birmingham Children's Hospital

Mrs Angie Hack, Senior Lecturer, London South Bank University

Dr Louise Hanna, BM,BCh, Consultant in Oncology, VelindreHospital, Cardiff

Mr Tom Haswell, Glasgow (Patient reviewer)

Ms Trina Herbert, Therapy Radiographer, Royal Marsden Hospital

Ms Caroline Hoffman, Clinical and Research Director at The Haven, London

Mr T Ismail MD FRCS, Consultant General Surgeon, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham

Ms Penny Jones, Deputy Director of Nursing, St. Christopher's Hospice, London

Ms Eve Kelsey D. Hyp, PDCHyp, MBSCH, Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, Surrey

Dr Bernard Khoo Ma MBB Chir PhD MRCP, Royal Free Hospital, London

Dr Vincent Khoo, MBBS, MRCP, Consultant in Oncology, Royal Marsden Hospital, London.

Ms Clare Lait, BSc(Hons), MCSP, Specialist MSK Oncology Physiotherapist, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust

Mr Loic Lang-Lazdunski MD PhD FRCS, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Guy's Hospital, London

Dr James Larkin MA MSc PhD, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Royal Marsden Hospital, London

Professor Jonathon Lederman BSc MD FRCP, Professor of Medical Oncology, University College London Hospital

Professor George Lewith, MB, MRCP, MRCGP, FRCP, BChir, Professor of Health Research, University of Southampton

Mr Eric Lim MB ChB MSc MD FRCS, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Royal Brompton Hospital, London

Ms Nicola Lister, Bone MarrowTransplant Coordinator, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Professor Simon Lloyd BSc(Hons), MPhil, FRCS(ORL-HNS) Professor of Otology and Skull Base Surgery, University of Manchester, and Consultant Otologist, Skull Base Surgeon and Auditory Implant Surgeon, Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Gabi MacEwan, patient reviewer, Devon

Mrs Marcelle MacNamara, MA, MPhil, MBBS, FRCS, Consultant Otolaryngologist, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham

Dr James McCaul MBChB, PhD, FRCS (Glas), FRCS(OMFS), FDSRCPS, BDS, Consultant Maxillofacial/Head and Neck Surgeon, Bradfordteaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr P Mahendra MD FRCP FRCPath, Consultant Haematologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

Dr J Marsden, FRCP, Consultant Dermatologist, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham

Ms Wendy Martin, CNS forNeuroendocrine Tumours, King's College Hospital, London

Dr C McNamara FRACP, FRCPA, FRCPath

Mr D Mirza, MS FRCS (ED),FRCS (GLASGOW), Consultant Hepatobiliary Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Ms Kim Meeking, Therapy Radiographer, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Nazia Mohammed, MBChB, MRCP, Consultant in Medical Oncology, Beatson Cancer Centre, Glasgow

Mrs Monica Morris, Clinical Nurse Specialist, London

Dr Marianne Nicolson MD, FRCP(Ed), BSc, Consultant in Medical Oncology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Professor D Palmer BSc MBChB PhD FRCP, Consultant Medical Oncologist and Chair of Medical Oncology, University of Liverpool and Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

Dr H Pandha, MB, ChB PhD MRCP FRACP, Consultant in Oncology, St George’s Hospital, London

Dr N Parry-Jones, MD, MRCP, MRCPath, Consultant Haematologist, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny

Mr Prashant Patel, MBBS, MS, FRCSEd, PhD, FRCSEd (Urol), Senior Lecturer in Urology and Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon

Dr David Peake, MRCP, FRCR,Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Mr Sam Penry BSc (Hons), Senior Diagnostic Radiographer, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

Dr  Russell Petty, BMSc(Hon) MBChB PhD MRCP (UK) MRCP(London) FRCP Edin, ConsultantMedical Oncologist/Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology, University of Aberdeen

Mr Neil Ranasinghe, Patient reviewer

Prof Ian G Rennie, MBChB,FRCS,FRCOphth, Consultant in Ophthalmology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield

Dr Paul Sanghera, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Dr Mark Saunders, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR,PhD, Consultant Oncologist, Christie Hospital, Manchester

Ms Doreen Sawyer, MediaCoordinator, UK Reiki Federation, Wiltshire

Ms Jackie Scott, Liverpool (Lay reviewer)

Ms Helen Seers, Research Officer,Penny Brohn Cancer Centre

Dr Amen Sibtain MD, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London.

Dr Nicholas Slevin MBChB, FRCP, FRCR, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Christie Hospital, Manchester

Susan, Sheffield, Patient reviewer

Mr Simon Smith BSc MS FRCS, Consultant General Surgeon

Dr Mike Snee MBBSDMRT FRCR DM, Consultant in Oncology, St James' University Hospital, Leeds

Dr Andrea Stevens, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Ms Jan Stewart, Co-Chair,Confederation of Registered Essence Practitioners (COREP), London

Dr Jacqui Stringer PHD BSc RGN MIFPA, Clinical Lead for Supportive Care Services, Christie Hospital, Manchester

Dr SanthanamSundar MBBS MRCP MSc FRCR, Consultant Oncologist, Nottingham

Susan Thomson, patient reviewer, Scotland

Mrs H Thornton, patient reviewer

Dr. Alexander L. Tournier BSc Cantab PhD LCHE RSHom, Executive Director, Homeopathy Research Institute,London

Ms Jeanne Trill, BSc (Hons), MSc,Medical Herbalist and Reflexologist, Surrey

Dr Amanda Tristram MBChB, MRCOG, MD, Senior Lecturer and HonararyConsultant in Gynaecological Oncology, LlandoughHospital, Cardiff

Mr George Ttouli ALIA (dip), MSFA, Independent Financial Advisor, London

Dr Mary Wain BSc (Hons) MBBS (Hons) MD FRCP, ConsultantDermatologist, Guy's and St Thomas' 

Dr L Wall, ConsultantMedical Oncologist, Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Edinburgh

Mr Nicholas Watkin, MA, MChir, FRCS (Urol), Consultant in Urology, St George's Hospital, London

Mr John Watkinson MB, MSc, MS, FRCS, DLO, Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham

Dr Matthew Wheater PhD, MRCP, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Southampton Cancer Centre

Ms lsabel White, Cancer Research UK Nursing Research Training Fellow, University of Surrey

Ms Anne Williams, Lymphoedema Specialist/Lecturer

Dr Matt Winter MD MRCP, Consultant Oncologist, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield

Ms Mary Woods, CNS/Head of Lymphoedema Services, Royal Marsden Hospital, London

Ms Netty Wood, MPharm, Dip Pharm Prac, MRPharmS, Lead Pharmacist, Essex Cancer Network 

Glossary of abbreviations

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