Dr Richard Shaffer: Clinical oncology

Dr Richard Shaffer

Clinical oncology

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Specialises in

  • Brain/CNS
  • Skin
  • Urology

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About me

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

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