Patient and public event: Pioneering treatment: what does the future hold for gastrointestinal cancers?

Event Date:
15 November 2018
17:00 to 19:45

An evening of the latest clinical research innovations and what this means for cancer care and treatment.

Did you know that The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, in association with the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), is ranked in the top four centres for cancer research and treatment worldwide?

This open evening is an opportunity for patients, their families and carers, members of the local community, sixth form students, staff and healthcare professionals, and interested members of the general public to learn how The Royal Marsden is leading the development of pioneering treatment for gastrointestinal cancers.

Attend our open evening to:

  • Meet our world-leading clinicians and researchers
  • Learn about gastrointestinal cancers and your health and care
  • Discover new treatments and technology being developed right now
  • Ask your questions, share your thoughts, shape future research

Our programme is packed full of exciting updates:

5 pm - Registration - With drinks and displays from our researchers in addition to Pancreatic Cancer UK, Bowel Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and our own Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

5.15 pm - Welcome speech - Professor David Cunningham, Director of Clinical Research and Head of the GI/lymphoma unit

5.20 pm - What are gastrointestinal cancers? - Dr Naureen Starling, Consultant Medical Oncologist

5.25 pm - The blockbuster drugs changing the face of medicine - Dr Ian Chau, Consultant Medical Oncologist

5.35 pm - The impact of nutrition in gastrointestinal cancer - Dr Clare Shaw, Consultant Dietician

5.45 pm - Pioneering robotic surgery with the Da Vinci robot - Mr Asif Chaudry, Consultant Surgeon

5.55 pm - Next generation nursing – contributing to research excellence - Julie Duncan and Tracy Coyne, Research Nurses

6.05 pm - Comfort break

6.20 pm - The ground-breaking MR Linac machine - Dr Katharine Aitken, Consultant Clinical Oncologist

6.30 pm - Growing mini tumours to predict drug response - Dr Nicola Valeri, Clinician Scientist

6.40 pm - New approaches in imaging - Professor Gina Brown, Consultant Radiologist

6.50 pm - Demystifying cancer –  Fighting your corner and maintaining hope Deborah James, Patient at The Royal Marsden, Sun Columnist, Author of F*** You Cancer and Presenter of Radio 5 Live Podcast - You, Me and The Big C. 

7.00 pm - Everything you need to know in just 60 seconds! - Clinical Research Fellow (Junior Doctors) flash presentations

7.10 pm – 7.45 pm - Buffet and drinks - With opportunity to talk with our researchers and visit our stands


Free car parking will be available in the ICR car park. Detailed directions will be provided once you have registered. 

Buffet and drinks reception will be available.


The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton

Specifically: Lecture Theatre, The Institute of Cancer Research Brooks Lawley Building (ICR BLB), 15 Cotswold Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5NG.

Further information

If you would like any more information, please call Lisa Leavey on 0203 186 5408 or email [email protected].


Places are limited – please register as soon as possible using the link below. Once registered, you will be sent further details.