Alex studied medicine at the University of Leicester before subsequently training in Urology in the East Midlands. She then headed to Toronto for two years to undertake further specialist training in urological oncology obtaining membership of the American Society of Urologic Oncology. She was appointed as a Consultant Urologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 2011 and has a specialist interest in the treatment of bladder cancer.
Along with Bill Turner and Ben Thomas, Alex is one of three members of the Bladder Oncology Team at Addenbrooke’s that specialises in the management of high-risk bladder cancer. This includes use of a number of non-surgical approaches (eg intravesical BCG therapy) as well as to radical surgery to remove the bladder and a full range of reconstructive urinary diversion techniques, including neobladder formation.
Alex’s interest in the management of bladder cancer has seen her involvement as a committee member for both the 2012 International Consultation on Urological Diseases consultation on Bladder Cancer (http://www.icud.info/bladdercancer2nd.html) and also the NHS Shared Decision Making project creating a patient decision aid for patients with bladder cancer (http://sdm.rightcare.nhs.uk/pda). Alex is the current chair of the Addenbrooke’s Special Multidisciplinary team that meets on a weekly basis to discuss patients from the Anglia region who have recently been diagnosed with a urological cancer. She is also the lead for the Addenbrooke’s Haematuria clinic, a service that specialises in rapid assessment of patients who see blood in their urine.
In addition to her interest in bladder cancer Alex maintains a general urology practice assessing and treating patients with a wide range of urological problems including difficulties urinating and urinary tract infections.