- Bupa Platinum consultant
- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Open Referral network
- Video and telephone consultations
I am a consultant in clinical oncology specialising in genitourinary cancers. I offer systemic anti-cancer therapy (chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted oral therapies, novel anti-hormonal agents) and radiation therapy for cancers of prostate, bladder/upper tract, and penis.
I have a special interest in radiotherapy, external beam radiotherapy (image guided IMRT/VMAT), stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) and brachytherapy (LDR “seed” brachytherapy and HDR brachytherapy). There is growing evidence that increasing the radiation dose to prostate in localised disease can improve cancer cure rates. This is particularly relevant to cancers with unfavourable features. I do LDR “seed” brachytherapy as a monotherapy in favourable prostate cancers as well as a “boost” to image guided volumetric arc therapy (VMAT) in patients with unfavourable features.
I strongly believe, in localised prostate cancers, we should channel our research resources towards minimising the harms of treatment by considering protocols for dose escalation in tumour treatments, biomarker driven selection of patients for treatment dose escalation and maximise dose escalation in high-risk patients with advanced radiotherapy techniques. Prior to my appointment as a consultant at Edinburgh, I did a clinical and research fellowship in genitourinary malignancies and prostate brachytherapy at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. I was awarded the CARO-ACURA 2017 grant for a focal dose escalation study in prostate cancer using MRI-guided HDR-brachytherapy boost to tumour while delivering SBRT to the whole gland.
I am the lead for high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy for prostate cancers at the ECC and started this service with the first Scottish patient treated in April 2021.
Systemic anti-cancer therapies are rapidly evolving in genitourinary cancers, with newer and existing agents getting approved for use in different stages of cancers. I have an extensive experience in systemic therapies, using,
• Chemotherapy agents such as Docetaxel, Platinum based agents
• Immunotherapy agents such as Ipilimumab, Nivolumab, Pembrolizumab
• Novel agents such as abiraterone, enzalutamide, alpharadin, Darolutamide, Apalutamide
I am the clinical trials lead for urooncological cancers at the Edinburgh cancer centre, and I work towards bringing in national and international trials in genitourinary cancers to the southeast Scotland cancer network (SCAN).
Areas of interest
Prostate cancer, Bladder cancer, Penile cancer, Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy, SABR, Chemotherapy,Immunotherapy, TKIs, novel anti-hormonal agents
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Clinical supervision and planning for the delivery of chemotherapy and/or systemic anti-cancer therapy for 1-28 days - (>50)
Clinical supervision of external beam radiotherapy, for 16 or up to and including 30 fractions - (5-50)
Clinical supervision of external beam radiotherapy, up to and including 15 fractions or part thereof - (1-5)