Dr Richard Simcock

MBBS, MRCPI, FRCR

Oncology
Breast Cancer
Head and Neck Cancers

Main Speciality

Oncology

Sub Speciality

Breast Cancer
Head and Neck Cancers

Clinical interests

Technical advances in radiotherapy
Biological therapies in cancer treatment
Survivorship and rehabilitation
Acupuncture therapy

Current memberships

Oncology Committee of the British Institute of Radiology
European Society of Radiation Oncology
British Medical Association

Professional Profile

Dr Richard Simcock has been a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Sussex Cancer Centre since 2004. Previously he had worked at the Sydney Cancer Centre, Australia and before that had completed five years of postgraduate specialist training in Oncology in London and the South East including Guys and St.Thomas’, Charing Cross and Mount Vernon Hospitals. He graduated from Guys and St.Thomas’ hospital in 1993.

Working closely with the surgical and nursing team Dr Simcock sees and treats patients diagnosed with early or advanced breast cancer.  He advises on the role of radiation, chemotherapy, hormone, biological, and experimental treatments. 

Dr Simcock prescribes and supervises courses of chemotherapy delivered by the team at The Montefiore or by home healthcare teams. In addition he prescribes, plans, and supervises radiotherapy treatment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital or at Spire Portsmouth (CPUK).

He is also involved in enrolling patients in trials of new therapies as well as trials of improved radiation therapies.

As a Head and Neck Oncologist Dr Simcock treats cancers of the larynx (voice box), tongue, tonsil and other rarer sites. He supervises, prescribes and plans curative treatments with radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as giving post-operative radiotherapy treatments. Intensity Modulated radiotherapy is used as standard in these cases.

Personal Profile

As well as his clinical roles Dr Richard Simcock works a Consultant Medical Advisor for Macmillan Cancer Support. He has been the online advice as part of Macmillan’s ‘Ask The Expert’. He provides advice to ‘Mummy’s Star’ a charity providing support to women diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy.

He has been the national Chief Investigator for trials of acupuncture therapy in cancer patients and is a qualified acupuncture therapist.

He is also a Trustee of the important local charity ‘Cancervive’ which provides peer support to the family and friends of those with cancer. www.cancervive.co.uk

He tweets regularly on issue related to cancer treatments as @BreastDocUK.

Dr Richard Simcock has three children at local schools and is a governor at one of them. His wife is a local GP.