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Patient information external review

This page sets out our review policy. There is information below about


Who reviews our content and when

Cancer Research UK's patient information has many external reviewers. Our reviewers are listed below. 

With the exception of content provided by our users (Your Tips and Stories), all material on the site has been specifically developed by the Cancer Research UK patient information team. The information is reviewed before it goes up on the site and is revised regularly in order to keep it up to date. 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 clinical information team.

For existing content, we have a rolling review programme, aiming to have every section reviewed every 12 to 24 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 and by members of the Cancer Research UK 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. Please contact us on

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. Current reviewers are listed on the page about where our information comes from (see each individual section).

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
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
Mr Simon Bramhall MD, FRCS, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
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 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’s Hospital, 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 and Gynaecology, 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's Hospital, 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, Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry
Dr Rob Glynne Jones BA, MBBS, FRCP,FRCR, Consultant Oncologis, 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 Nurse Therapist 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, Velindre Hospital, 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 MB B 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 Marrow Transplant Coordinator, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
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, Bradford teaching 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 for Neuroendocrine Tumours, King's College Hospital, London
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, Aberdeen
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) MB ChB PhD MRCP (UK) MRCP(London) FRCP Edin, Consultant Medical Oncologist/Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology, University of Aberdeen, 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
, Media Coordinator, 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
MBBS DMRT 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 Santhanam Sundar
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 Honarary Consultant in Gynaecological Oncology, Llandough Hospital, Cardiff
Mr George Ttouli ALIA (dip), MSFA, Independent Financial Advisor, London
Dr Mary Wain
BSc (Hons) MBBS (Hons) MD FRCP, Consultant Dermatologist, Guy's and St Thomas' 
Dr L Wall, Consultant Medical 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
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 


A glossary of abbreviations

AFBPsSAssociate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
ALIAAssociate of the Life Insurance Association
BABachelor of Arts
BChirBachelor of Surgery
BDSBachelor of Dental Surgery
BPharmBachelor of Pharmacy
BPhilBachelor of Philosophy
BScBachelor of Science
ChMMaster of Surgery
CPsycholChartered Psychologist
CQSWCertificate of Qualification in Social Work
DLODiploma in Laryngology and Otology
DNCCertificate in District Nursing
DTMHDiploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
FDS RCPSFellowship of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
FRCPFellow of Royal College of Physicians
FRCRFellow of the Royal College of Radiologists

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons


Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)

JPJustice of the Peace
MAMaster of Arts
MBBachelor of Medicine
MBBSBachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science
MBChBBachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MBChirBachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MDDoctor of Medicine
MEdMaster of Education
MPHMaster of Public Health
MPhilMaster of Philosophy
MRCGPMember of the Royal College of General Practitioners
MRCOGMember of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
MRCPMember of the Royal College of Physicians
MRCPathMember of the Royal College of Pathologists
MRPharmSMember of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
MSMaster of Surgery
MScMaster of Science
MSFAMember of the Society of Financial Advisers
ONCCertificate in Oncology Nursing
PGCEPostgraduate Certificate of Education
PhDDoctor of Philosophy
RDRegistered Dietician
RGNRegistered General Nurse
RHVRegistered Health Visitor
RMRegistered Midwife
SRDState Registered Dietician
SRNState Registered Nurse
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Updated: 13 April 2016