Consultant Profile

Dr Ellen Copson

Dr Ellen Copson BSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD, CCST (medical oncology)
Practicing at:
Spire Southampton Hospital
  • Oncology
    • Breast cancer
    • Chemotherapy
Special clinical interests:

Early and advanced breast cancer

Inherited breast cancer

Research interests:

Young women with breast cancer

Genetic pre-disposition to breast cancer

Body composition, nutrition and cancer

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology, University of Southampton  / Honorary Medical Oncology Consultant University Hospital Southampton

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Association of Cancer Physicians (cancer genetics representative)

NCRI Clinical Studies Group for Breast Cancer

Question Writing Panel for Royal college of Physicians Specialty Examination

EORTC breast cancer group


Contact Details 
Private secretary:
Marlene Benham
Private secretary telephone number:
023 8076 4971
Private secretary fax:
023 8076 4358
Private secretary email address:
Out-patient clinics: Tuesday evenings and by arrangement. Chemotherapy clinics: Thursday mornings
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Copson is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology in the Cancer Sciences Division at the University of Southampton, School of Medicine. She graduated in medicine with honours from the University of London in 1996 having also gained a first class Bachelor of Science degree in immunology. She went on to train in Medical Oncology firstly at St. George’s Hospital, London and then Southampton General Hospital, completing her specialist training in 2008. Between 2004 and 2007, Dr Copson undertook a PhD investigating DNA variants of unknown significance in the BRCA1 gene as a Cancer Research UK Clinical Fellow under the supervision of Professor Diana Eccles. This led to a particular interest in inherited breast cancer.  In 2009 Dr Copson took up a position as a full-time NHS medical oncology consultant specializing in the medical treatment of breast cancer at Salisbury Foundation NHS Trust and Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust. She returned to academic medicine in 2012, accepting a position as a part-time senior lecturer in medical oncology at Southampton University. 

Dr Copson now combines her clinical breast cancer practice with clinical research.  She is particularly interested in host factors which influence the response to systemic treatments for early breast cancer.  She is a key member of the team currently analyzing data from a large national cohort study (the Prospective study of Outcomes in Sporadic versus Hereditary breast cancer, POSH study and is currently working with the Southampton Biomedical Research Centre-Nutrition team to investigate the impact of body composition on early breast cancer. She also acts as clinical advisor for a number of pre-clinical studies investigating the biology of breast cancer, and for several early breast cancer survivorship studies.  Dr Copson is principle investigator for a number of clinical trials in early and advanced breast cancer.

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Dr Ellen Copson

Dr Ellen Copson Oncology Consultant, Southampton, Hampshire, private hospital specialist.

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