- Fee assured
- Verified this account
- Video and telephone consultations
Dr Shaffer is Clinical Lead for Radiotherapy in Guildford. He is a cancer specialist who uses radiotherapy and chemotherapy to treat brain tumours, skin tumours, prostate cancer, and bladder cancer. His brain tumour team recently won an award for excellent clinical performance. He provides the oncology (radiotherapy) opinion at the monthly Nuada London prostate cancer meeting.
His specialist interest is in technical radiotherapy, including IMRT, IGRT and RapidArc. He is radiotherapy strategy lead and chair of the network radiotherapy group in Guildford. He and was the chair of the Technical Radiotherapy Development Group in Guildfordn until early 2016, and chairs the Network Brain Tumour Working Group. He is presently developing and leading the intracranial stereotactic radiotherapy service in Guildford. He is also the principal investigator on several treatment studies in brain tumours, prostate cancer and skin cancer.
Dr Shaffer became interested in treating Dupuytren's disease as a result of his experience treating skin cancers with radiotherapy, and an ongoing interest in radiotherapy for benign disease. He co-wrote the recent Royal College of Radiologists report on the use of radiotherapy for benign disease. He has also given evidence to NICE on this procedure.
Dr Shaffer has set up a service treating patients with Dupuytren's disease, Ledderhose disease, and Plantar Fasciitis in several locations in the UK, including Guildford (Surrey), Central London (BUPA Cromwell Hospital), North London (Elstree), Southampton, Portsmouth, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Nottingham, Birmingham, Maidstone and Chelmsford.
Prior to working at Royal Surrey County Hospital, Dr Shaffer completed oncology (cancer treatment) training in London and completed a Clinical Fellowship in Radiation Oncology (treatment of cancer with radiotherapy) in Vancouver, Canada. Whilst in Canada he completed a number of research projects in technical radiotherapy, including the comparison of conventional IMRT with volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and RapidArc in several disease sites such as prostate, breast, high-grade glioma, and paediatric tumours. Dr Shaffer has presented and been published widely in the oncology field.
Areas of interest
Brain tumour; CNS tumours; Skin cancer; Urological oncology; Prostate cancer; Dupuytrens disease; Plantar fibromatosis; Ledderhose disease; Plantar fasciitis; Heterotopic ossification; Keloid scars; Radiotherapy for benign diseases; bladder cancer; glioblastoma; glioma; astrocytoma; oligodendroglioma; basal cell carcinoma; stereotactic radiotherapy; brain metastasis
Current NHS consultant posts held
1. Consultant Clinical Oncologist - Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, Surrey
2. Honorary Consultant - Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Basingstoke
3. Honorary Consultant - St Georges Hospital, London
The use and implementation of advanced radiotherapy techniques
Dr Shaffer is a keen pianist and has played at various festivals and venues including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. He also conducts and sings in choirs. He particularly enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.
2014 - "Excellent Clinical Performance" for brain tumour team at Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford.
2014 - Clinical Excellence Award
A comparison of volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and conventional intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for frontal and temporal high-grade gliomas.
Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy and Conventional Intensity-modulated Radiotherapy for Simultaneous Maximal Intraprostatic Boost: a Planning Comparison Study.
Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy For Delivery of Prostate Radiotherapy: comparison with Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy and Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy.
Courses offered to GPs
The treatment of Brain Tumours
Prostate Cancer Management
Radiotherapy for Early Dupuytren's disease and Ledderhose disease
Radiotherapy for Plantar Fasciitis
Radiotherapy for Benign Diseases
- 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
- FRCR (Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists, Clinical Oncology) Royal College of Radiologists 2006
Reference number 4552635
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Specialist Advisor NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) 2016
Details of entry to specialist register
- Clinical Oncology, 2009
Affiliations / memberships
1. European Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology
2. British Urology Group
3. European Association of Neuro-oncology
4. Dupuytren's Disease Support Group (specialist advisor)
- BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital, GU1 3LX
- 13:00 - 17:30
- 01483 806018
- BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital, SL4 3SJ
- 18:30 - 20:00
- 01483 806018
- Bupa Cromwell Hospital, SW5 0TU
- 12:00 - 14:00
- 01483 806018
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.