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Cambridge Cancer Care

Cambridge Cancer Care comprises three Consultant Oncologists based in Cambridge, UK. Richard Benson and Simon Russell and Alex Martin are 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 and 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 to 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 a special interest 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

Alex Martin

Alex Martin is a Consultant Oncologist at Addenbrooke’s and West Suffolk Hospitals, treating prostate, bladder, and lung cancers. He uses radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapies, targeted systemic therapies, and immunotherapy in his clinical practice. Alex studied Medicine at the University of Cambridge and then Oxford, graduating in 2001. He completed his oncology training in London, and during this time he also spent two and half years at the CyberKnife Centre, London, gaining clinical and research experience in radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SABR). He was awarded an MD (Res) in 2013.

He has continued his interest in technical radiotherapy since becoming a consultant in 2013. He is Addenbrooke’s lead for SABR and chair of the East of England SABR rollout committee. He is also a member of the GenesisCare national SABR Advisory Team. He has an interest in MR-guided radiotherapy and is part of the GenesisCare MR Linac team at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital, London.

Alex is the local Principal Investigator (PI) for clinical trials of SABR in prostate cancer and metastatic disease and has been the local lead for several other radiotherapy and systemic therapy trials. He is a trustee of the British Uro-Oncology Group (BUG).

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 principal investigator or co-investigator of more than twenty national trials. He lectures widely and teaches in 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 the 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

GenesisCare in Newmarket (New)

It’s easy to get fast access to cancer care and treatment in Newmarket. There’s no waiting list. Your treatment can usually start within 5 days from referral. We also offer same-day diagnostics appointments and have a specialist One-Stop Urology Clinic on-site. Working in partnership with medical professionals who also work across the local Trusts, we provide diagnostics, state-of-the-art radiotherapy, and chemotherapy treatments as well as integrated wellbeing programmes.

Easy access to treatments and services

Accessing the treatments you need couldn’t be easier – we’re recognised by all the major private medical insurers and we also offer a range of self-pay options. We can help with the paperwork too.

At Newmarket we offer:

We’re always pushing the boundaries investing in the most advanced technology to develop better-targeted radiotherapy treatments to provide:

  • Surface Guided Radiotherapy (SGRT) enables: Tattoo free treatments, Faceless shells for patients with brain and head and neck cancers – this provides a less claustrophobic experience, Quick daily treatment set-up reducing the time you spend in the centre each day
  • Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT), daily imaging to accurately target the treatment site
  • Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) – this technique reduces movement in the area treated. For patients with left-sided breast cancer, it reduces the risk of damage to the heart. It is also used for patients with cancers of the chest and abdomen.
  • Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR)delivers fewer but larger doses of radiotherapy to treat certain cancers. This can significantly reduce your treatment period.
  • Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) We offer VMAT to all patients. This includes patients needing palliative treatment who we normally treat within 2 days.
  • Partial Breast Irradiation (PBI) is suitable for low-risk patients and has significantly fewer side effects offering better cosmetic outcomes without compromising long-term clinical outcomes.
  • SpaceOAR Hydrogel – this implant can improve the short and long-term side effects of prostate radiotherapy treatment. And is available to all men who would benefit at no additional cost.
  • Chemotherapy

    We provide a full complement of chemotherapy regimes for oncology and haematology. Treatment is provided in a dedicated personal room with television, internet access, drinks facilities and lunch if required. And there’s a comfortable lounge for your friends and relatives. Our nursing specialists offer a 24-hour, 7 days a week telephone advice line for patients and their relatives to assess issues and offer the appropriate advice, liaising with your consultant as necessary.

    • Holistic therapies and the Living Well programme

    Working in partnership with Penny Brohn UK, we provide complementary therapies as part of your treatment. These include holistic treatments such as reflexology and relaxation as well as mindfulness meditation for our patients and their families.

    Our counselling service is confidential. It can help you feel more in control by making sense of your feelings and managing anxieties about your cancer and its treatment.

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 hospitals 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 oncologists 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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