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Clinical Oncology 

Plymouth Oncology Centre is located in a purpose built unit, which opened in February 1998, and is situated on level 2 of Derriford Hospital. It contains state of the art equipment providing radiotherapy services for the local population, and provides tertiary cancer services for the far South West. There are comprehensive treatment facilities for the majority of cancers. The oncology centre has its own outpatient area with three consulting rooms, six examination rooms and one counselling room, and a team of nurses provides outpatient chemotherapy. A full complement of cancer nurse specialists are also available. In patient treatment is given on Brent ward.

A clinical trials unit runs many studies, including National Cancer Research Network trials. Stereotactic radiotherapy and prostate brachytherapy are particular interests of the unit.

There is a Macmillan Centre (the Mustard Tree) linked to the Plymouth Oncology Centre, with volunteers and counsellors who provide support and complementary therapy for patients and their families. There is also an active palliative care team who work closely with the Plymouth Oncology Centre.


All staff are active in the training of undergraduate students and the training of postgraduate doctors in oncology. There are six clinical oncologists and one medical oncologist.

Dr Francis Daniel FFR.RCSI, Clinical Oncologist; gastrointestinal cancer, urological malignancies and sarcoma.

Dr Martin Highley BSc MD MRCP, Medical Oncologist; testicular cancer, ovarian cancer, renal cell cancer and melanoma.

Dr Steve Kelly PhD FRCR, Clinical Oncologist (Clinical Lead); breast cancer, lymphoma, paediatric and CNS cancer.

Dr Pat MacLeod FRCR, Clinical Oncologist; breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and gynaecological cancer.

Dr Sarah Pascoe MRCP FRCR, Clinical Oncologist; gastrointestinal cancer, urological cancer, and CNS cancer.

Dr Dennis Yiannakis MRCP FRCR, Clinical Oncologist; lung cancer, gynaecological cancer and lymphoma.

Leading with excellence, caring with compassion