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Dr Richard Shaffer is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist and a prominent UK expert in the use of radiotherapy for treating benign disease (including Dupuytren’s disease, Ledderhose, plantar fasciitis and keloid scarring) and skin and urological cancers.
Since starting his practice in 2011, Dr Shaffer has treated approximately 1,500 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 skin and benign conditions at GenesisCare and chairs their weekly UK skin and benign Multidisciplinary team meeting. He is also Medical Director of XStrahl Limited – a medical device company that makes superficial radiotherapy machine for the treatment of benign conditions and skin cancer.
He has previously been chair of the IMRT-IGRT Radiotherapy Group, the Network Brain Tumour Working Group, Clinical Lead for Radiotherapy at St Luke’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; Benign disease; bladder cancer; basal cell carcinoma; BCC; cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma; SCC
- Heel Pain Practice website
- The Dupuytrens Practice website
- The International Organisation for Radiotherapy for Benign Conditions
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):194‒202.
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
Radiotherapy for Early Dupuytren's disease and Ledderhose disease
Radiotherapy for Heel Pain
Radiotherapy for keloid scars
Radiotherapy for wide-field cancerisation
Radiotherapy for Benign Disease
Radiotherapy for skin cancer
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- FRCR (Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists, Clinical Oncology) Royal College of Radiologists 2006
- BSc (hons) in Biomedical Science University of Manchester 1995
- MB BS University College London Hospital 1998
- 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)
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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.