Cambridge Cancer Care

Cambridge Cancer Care

Cambridge Cancer Care comprises two Consultant Oncologists based in Cambridge, UK. Richard Benson and Simon Russell are both oncologists working at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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They specialise in the treatment of:

  • Urological cancers including cancer of the prostate, bladder and kidney.
  • Breast cancers
  • Ear, nose and throat cancers
  • Skin cancers


At Cambridge Cancer Care we offer patients compassionate and timely care, with rapid access to a choice of clinic times and locations. In addition we use the most evidence based up to date  treatments, and are able to offer our patients access to a number of clinical trials, aimed at improving outcomes for a number of cancer treatments.

The Team

Richard Benson


Richard trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospitals, London and qualified in 1988. Following general medical training at Bart’s Hospital he undertook his formal oncology training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and was a visiting Senior Fellow at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada from 1998-1999. He specialises in the treatment of urological, head and neck, thyroid and skin cancers.

Richard was appointed a consultant clinical oncologist at Addenbrooke’s NHS Foundation Trust and Peterborough Hospital NHS Trust in 2000. He is actively involved in clinical research with special interest is in technical aspects of Radiotherapy. His research interests are based around improving radiotherapy and chemoradiotherapy in head and neck and urological cancers by developing technical radiotherapy and evaluating treatment related toxicity. He is involved in teaching and examining oncology trainees for the Royal College of Radiologists.

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Read Dr Benson’s publications

Simon Russell


Simon Russell is a Consultant Oncologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon, and he joined Cambridge Urology Partnership in April 2012.

Simon trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals London where he was awarded a first class honours degree, distinction and several academic prizes. Following general medical training at Guy’s Hospital he undertook his formal oncology training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge and University College Hospital London.

He also spent a year attached to the Institute of Urology at the Middlesex Hospital. During his training he was awarded the Royal College of Radiology Medal for the FRCR examination.

Simon is actively involved in clinical research and has been the principle investigator or co- investigator of more than twenty national trials. He lectures widely and teaches on the Royal College of Radiology’s Advanced Radiotherapy Course. He is the secretary of the British Uro-Oncology Group.

He works closely with his surgical colleagues, employing the latest techniques. Simon uses radiotherapy (including brachytherapy), hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and biological therapy to treat urological cancers (prostate and bladder), breast cancer and skin cancers. With his colleagues at Addenbrooke’s Hospital he has brought state of the art radiotherapy such as Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) and prostate Brachytherapy into clinical practice.

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Clinic Locations

Nuffield Hospital Cambridge

At the Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital, we are able to deliver comprehensive, first class private cancer services. Our standard of care was recognised when we became one of the first private hospital in the UK to be awarded the  Macmillan Quality Environment Mark for ‘Cancer Care Facilities’.

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Nuffield Private Oncology Unit

We are very fortunate at the Nuffield Health Hospital in Cambridge to have a dedicated oncology floor. Here our patients have privacy and comfort away from the main outpatient and inpatient activities of the hospital and can fully focus on their treatment and recovery in peace.

The unit has both chemotherapy treatment rooms, where patients can sit with other patients and relatives whilst treatment takes place, as well as private rooms to accommodate patients requiring privacy or to be with relatives. We have consulting rooms either within the unit or in the main hospital where patients are seen by their oncologist and supported by nurses.

The unit is staffed by a dedicated experienced oncology nursing team who are on hand to provide advice on every aspect of care for patients and relatives throughout the course of treatment. You can speak to any of us at any time, and we are happy to help you by liaising with GPs or other specialists you may need for support. We also have access to Macmillan oncology dieticians who can give advice on nutrition requirements and we work closely with Macmillan Cancer Support for information and support.

Nuffield Chemotherapy services

Our chemotherapy unit is staffed by an oncology manager and a fully qualified expert nursing team of 5, including clinical nurse specialists in palliative and oncological care.

Specialist surgical and nursing support

On our ward, we have a clinical nursing team who are experienced in managing cancer patients, including nurses with enhanced cancer care qualifications.

We want you and your relatives to feel that you are in the best hands and have the best access to a successful outcome.

Fitzwilliam Hospital, Peterborough

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Located in Peterborough, the Fitzwilliam Hospital is one of the Ramsay Group of hospitals.


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