- Bupa Platinum consultant
- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Open Referral network
- Video and telephone consultations
- Home chemotherapy
Dr Richard Shaffer is a Radiation Oncologist and a prominent expert in the use of radiotherapy for treating benign disease, including Dupuytrenâ€™s, Ledderhose, plantar fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy, keloid scars, osteoarthritis, tendinopathy and bursitis.
Since starting his practice in 2011, Dr Shaffer has treated approximately 2,000 benign patients, and provided training and mentoring to fellow consultants starting benign radiotherapy practices. He co-wrote the 2015 Royal College of Radiologists guidelines for benign conditions and is the founder and President of the International Society for Radiotherapy for Benign Conditions (www.iorbc.com).
He is UK Clinical Lead for Radiotherapy for benign conditions at GenesisCare. He is also Medical Director of XStrahl Limited. He has written and reviewed multiple scientific papers and textbook chapters and contributed to NICE consultations.
He has previously been chair of the IMRT-IGRT Radiotherapy Group, the Network Brain Tumour Working Group, Clinical Lead for Radiotherapy at St Lukeâ€™s Cancer Centre, and a trustee of the Fountain Centre (a local patient support charity).
In his early career, Dr Shaffer trained as a specialist registrar at various London teaching hospitals and completed a Clinical Fellowship in Radiation Oncology at the British Columbia Cancer Agency in Vancouver, Canada.
Areas of interest
Skin cancer; keloid scars; Radiotherapy; Dupuytren's contracture; Plantar fibromatosis; Ledderhose disease; Plantar fasciitis; Achilles Tendonitis; Plantar Fasciopathy; Achilles Tendinopathy; Osteoarthritis; Tendinopathy; Tendonitis; Tendinitis; Bursitis; Trochanteric Bursitis; Patellar tendinopathy; Tennis Elbow; Golfers Elbow; Benign disease; basal cell carcinoma; BCC; cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma; SCC; non-melanoma skin cancer; NMSC
- The International Organisation for Radiotherapy for Benign Conditions
- The Dupuytrens Practice website
- Heel Pain Practice website
Richard Shaffer, MH Seegenschmiedt, R Panizzon, C Tziotzios, C Baker, J Ferguson. Systematic review of radiotherapy for cutaneous psoriasis: bringing an old treatment into the modern age. Int J Radiol Radiat Ther. 2021;8(4):194â€’202.
A review of the use of radiotherapy in the UK for the treatment of benign clinical conditions and benign tumours. Royal College of Radiologists 2015.
McKeown, S, Hatfield, P, Prestwich, R, Shaffer, R and Taylor, R. (2014). Radiotherapy for benign disease; assessing the risk of radiation-induced cancer following exposure to intermediate dose radiation. Br J Radiol. 2015;88(1056):20150405. doi: 10.1259/bjr.20150405. Epub 2015 Oct 14. PMID: 26462717; PMCID: PMC4984935.
Shaffer R, Nichol AM, Vollans E, Fong M, Nakano S, Moiseenko V, Schmuland M, Ma R, McKenzie M, Otto K. (2010). A comparison of volumetric modulated arc therapy and conventional intensity-modulated radiotherapy for frontal and temporal high-grade gliomas. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Mar 15;76(4):1177-84. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2009.03.013. Epub 2009 Jun 27. PMID: 19560880.
Shaffer R, Morris WJ, Moiseenko V, Welsh M, Crumley C, Nakano S, Schmuland M, Pickles T, Otto K. (2009). Volumetric modulated Arc therapy and conventional intensity-modulated radiotherapy for simultaneous maximal intraprostatic boost: a planning comparison study. Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2009 Jun;21(5):401-7. doi: 10.1016/j.clon.2009.01.014. Epub 2009 Mar 5. PMID: 19268554.
Courses offered to GPs
Low-Dose Radiotherapy for Osteoarthritis
Low-Dose Radiotherapy for Tendinopathy
Low-Dose Radiotherapy for Footballers
Radiotherapy for Early Dupuytren's disease and Ledderhose disease
Radiotherapy for Heel Pain
Radiotherapy for keloid scars
Radiotherapy for Benign Conditions
Radiotherapy for skin cancer
- MB BS University College London Hospital 1998
- BSc (hons) in Biomedical Science University of Manchester 1995
- FRCR (Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists, Clinical Oncology) Royal College of Radiologists 2006
- MRCP (Member of Royal College of Physicians) Royal College of Physicians (London) 2002
Reference number 4552635
Details of entry to specialist register
- Clinical Oncology , 2009
Affiliations / memberships
1. International Organisation for Radiotherapy for Benign Conditions (IORBC) - President
2. European Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ESTRO)
3. British Urology Group (BUG)
- BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital, GU1 3LX
- 10:30 - 16:00
- 0808 156 5900
- Bupa Cromwell Hospital, SW5 0TU
- 10:30 - 17:00
- 0808 156 5900
- Genesiscare Nottingham, NG5 8RX
- 10:30 - 17:00
- 0808 156 5900
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Clinical supervision of external beam radiotherapy, up to and including 15 fractions or part thereof - (>50)
Clinical supervision of the planning of a course of simple radiotherapy - (>50)
Clinical supervision and planning for the delivery of chemotherapy and/or systemic anti-cancer therapy for 1-28 days - (5-50)
Mount Alvernia Hospital (5-50)