Consultant Profile

Dr Richard Simcock

Dr Richard Simcock MBBS, MRCPI, FRCR
Practicing at:
The Montefiore Hospital
  • Oncology
    • Breast cancer
    • Head and neck oncology
Special clinical interests:
  • Technical advances in radiotherapy
  • Biological therapies in cancer treatment
  • Survivorship and rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture therapy
Research interests:
  • Technical radiotherapy (Intensity modulated radiotherapy in head and neck cancer, intraoperative radiotherapy and hypofractionated radiotherapy in breast cancer)
  • Survivorship and rehabilitation after cancer treatment
  • Menopausal symptoms of therapy
  • Acupuncture in relief of symptoms.
Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Lead Clinician for Breast Care at Sussex Cancer Centre, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

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

Contact Details 
Private secretary:
Maxine Dilloway-Thompson
Private secretary email address:
Background Information 
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 Richard 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 is a Clinical Lead for Breast Services at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and Chair of the Sussex Cancer Network Breast Tumour Group.

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.

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

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