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Dr Richard Shaffer, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Specialist Details
Full name

Dr Richard Shaffer




Consultant Clinical Oncologist


Oncology - clinical (radiation), Oncology - medical

Site specialisation

Brain and CNS tumours, prostate, bladder and skin cancer.

Site specialisation 2
Clinical interests

Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy for brain and spinal cord tumours, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, skin cancer. Intracranial stereotactic radiotherapy. Radiotherapy for benign conditions, including Dupuytren's disease, Ledderhose disease, plantar fasciitis.

Background Information

Dr Shaffer 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 leads the Surrey technical radiotherapy development group, the network brain tumour group, and the intracranial stereotactic service. He is the principal investigator on several studies in brain tumours and prostate cancer. 
Dr Shaffer has an interest in treating benign disease with radiotherapy, including early Dupuytren's disease, Ledderhose, and plantar fasciitis, and recently co-authored a national report on this subject through the Royal College of Radiologists.

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Regular Cromwell clinics


Clinic days

Mon: Tue: alt pmWed: Thurs: Fri: Sat:

Appointments telephone number

01483 806 018

Additional Career Information
Year qualified


NHS hospitals

Royal Surrey County, Guildford

Research interests
Key published papers

A comparison of volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and conventional intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for frontal and temporal high-grade gliomas. Richard Shaffer, Alan M. Nichol, Emily Vollans, Ming Fong, Sandy Nakano, Vitali Moiseenko, Moira Schmuland, Roy Ma, Michael McKenzie, Karl Otto. Int. J. Radiation Oncology Biol. Phys., Vol. 76, No. 4, pp. 11771184, 2010. Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy and Conventional Intensity-modulated Radiotherapy for Simultaneous Maximal Intraprostatic Boost: a Planning Comparison Study. R. Shaffer, W. J. Morris, V. Moiseenko, M. Welsh, C. Crumley, S. Nakano, M. Schmuland, T. Pickles, K. Otto. Clinical Oncology (2009) 21: 401-407. A review of the use of radiotherapy in the UK for the treatment of benign clinical conditions and benign tumours. London. Royal College of Radiologists. 2015 Deriving prostate alpha-beta ratio using carefully matched groups, long follow-up and the Phoenix definition of biochemical failure. Richard Shaffer, Tom Pickles, Richard Lee, Vitali Moiseenko. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2010. Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy For Delivery of Prostate Radiotherapy: comparison with Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy and Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy. David Palma, Emily Vollans, Kerry James, Sandy Nakano, Vitali Moiseenko, Richard Shaffer, Michael McKenzie, James Morris, Karl Otto. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics;  72(4), 996-1001; 2008.


Media coverage

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