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How we keep our information up-to-date

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

All patient information 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, up to 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 subject 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 1 to 3 years. 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 or SIGN 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 are a close friend or 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)

Dr Lewis Au FRACP MBBS BMedSci, Cancer Evolution and Genome Instability Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute and The Skin and Renal Units, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

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 dietitian, 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 Specialist Nurse in travel health, National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC)

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

Professor Robert Coleman MBBS, MD, FRCP, FRCPE, Emeritus Professor of Oncology, University of Sheffield

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

Catrina Davy, Cancer information specialist, University College London Hospital (UCLH)

Dr Nigel Dowdall Head of Aviation Health Unit, West Sussex

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

Dr Amy Eccles MA MB BChir (Cantab), FRCR, PG Dip. Consultant Radionuclide Radiologist, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Gemma Eminowicz MBChB, MRCP, FRCR, MD(Res), Consultant Clinical Oncologist, London

Mrs Sarah Evans Make up artist 

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

Malene Fischer, MD, PhD, DMSci Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant, School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences KCL, St Thomas' Hospital.

Dr Jonathan Fisher BM(Hons) BSc(Hons) MClinRes PhD, University College London Institute of Child Health

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

Professor R J Grieve, MB, CHB, FRCP, FRCR, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Walsgrave Hospital, 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 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

Professor Richard Grundy, Professor of Paediatric Neuro-oncology and Cancer Biology, University of Nottingham

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

Professor Beverley Hunt, Professor of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Guy & St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London

Dr Helen Innes BA MD FRCP Consultant Medical Oncologist in breast cancer, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

Mr Tariq Ismail MB BCh MD FRCS, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Dr Sarah Jefferies BSc, MB BS, MRCP, FRCR, PhD, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Cambridge

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

Dr Christian Kelly-Morland, Consultant Radiologist, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Cancer Imaging King’s College London School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Science.

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 Siow Ming Lee PhD FRCP. Consultant and Professor of Medical Oncology, University College London Hospital and CRUK Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence, London.

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, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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

Dr Wasat Mansoor, MBChB, MRCP, PhD, Consultant Medical Oncologist, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

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

Dr John Moppett, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, University Hospitals Bristol, NHS Foundation Trust

Mrs Monica Morris, Clinical Nurse Specialist, London

Dr Francis Mussai MA (Oxon) BM BCh DPhil MRCPCH, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Oncology, Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Fellow, Birmingham Children's Hospital and the University of Birmingham

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

Alia Nizam, MPharm, PG Dip GPP, Darzi Fellow, Specialist oncology pharmacist CRUK information lead

Professor Simon Noble, Clinical Professor Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff

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

Ms Poonam Patel, MRPharmS, PG Dip GPP, IP, Deputy Lead Haematology/Oncology Pharmacist – Private Care, The Royal Marsden Hospital, London

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

Sam Penry BSc (Hons) PGCert(Lond) GCP,  Senior Diagnostic Radiographer and University Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging, London ​​​​​

Mr Matthew Perry MD BSc FRCS (urol), Consultant Urological Surgeon, St George's Hospital, London

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

Dr John Ramage, MD, MB BS, FRCP, Consultant Physician in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

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

Dr Louise Soanes BSc MSc DNurs, Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Consultant, University College London Hospital

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 Honorary Consultant in Gynaecological Oncology, Llandough Hospital, Cardiff

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

Professor Ajay Vora MBBS MD FRCPath FRCPCH, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

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

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

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

Maxene Wickwar, Support and information nurse specialist, University College London Hospital (UCLH)

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

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
DNursDoctor of Nursing
DTMHDiploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
FDS RCPSFellowship of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
FRCPFellow of Royal College of Physicians
FRCPathFellow of the Royal College of Pathologists
FRCPCHFellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
FRCRFellow of the Royal College of Radiologists
FRCSFellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
FRCS (OMFS)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
MClinResMaster of Clinical Research
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 Dietitian
RGNRegistered General Nurse
RHVRegistered Health Visitor
RMRegistered Midwife
SRDState Registered Dietitian
SRNState Registered Nurse

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