Professor Robert J Thomas


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Professional posts

Professor Robert Thomas is a practicing consultant, cancer specialist, with 30 yearís experience in patient care. After formal training at the Royal Marsden, National Hospital for Neurology, Royal Free and Middlesex Hospitals London, he now leads chemotherapy services at the Primrose Oncology & Research Unit, Bedford and treats patients with radiotherapy  at Addenbrookeís Hospital, where he is also teaches Medical Students in his role of Senior Clinical Tutor, Cambridge University. 

At Addenbrooke's he lead the introduction of prostate brachytherapy and now manages patients with radiotherapy using conventional, conformal, intensity modulated (IMRT), image guided (IGRT) and tomotherapy techniques. His systemic medical practice is based at Bedford at the designated cancer (The Primrose Unit) and at The Manor Hospital Biddenham. Specialist interests include the care of patients with breast, prostate, bladder, kidney, Skin and bowel cancer using chemotherapy, hormone therapy and biological agents. He treats private patients with radiotherapy at he Genesis Health Care units at Milton Keynes and Elstree.

Teaching posts

As a clinical tutor at Cambridge University he teachers medical students in clinic and at the bedside. He scored the highest grade "outstanding clinical teacher" from every student for three years running. At Cranfield University he lectured post graduate translational medicine students and is co-supervisor of MSc and PHD students. He designed and teaches on the UK's first cancer training course in cancer rehabilitation for exercise professionals (level 4) and gives regular lectures on the evidence for self help lifestyle strategies after cancer to survivorship groups and international medical conferences. He was lead clinician in the development of higher training programme for clinicians involved in clinical research called the "Principal Investigator master class" now run across the UK.


Lifestyle and Cancer 
ISBN 978095582120

This book aims to empower individuals with reliable information to ensure they can make the right lifestyle choices after cancer.
  Foreword by Paula Radcliffe

Cancer Estilo de Vida 
ISBN 978-955821226

Cancer Este libro es una guŪa prŠctica sobre el estilo de vida especialmente pensado para individuos que tuvieron cŠncer o estŠn en tratamiento. 

Editorial experience

Editorial input into the 2000 national NHS Cancer plan, the DoH review of complementary medicine; The NICE committee on palliative and supportive medicine. Editor of the Macmillan Cancer Relief survivorship evidence review document and write and update a number of their lifestyle patient information booklets. Deputy editor of the British Journal of Cancer Management and editor of the the medical journal "Focus on cancer medicine".  He is editor of the cancer treatment and lifestyle advice website  and the general Lifestyle and health website


Research interests

He leads a busy research team which recruits enthusiastically in range of National (NCRN) studies involving chemotherapy, biological therapies, hormones and radiotherapy. He was Europe's highest recruiter in three large pharmaceutical trials and was the UK's highest recruiter in the diet Comply study and prostate relapse outcome trial. Despite a long history of basic scientific and laboratory research his own academic interests now focus on ways to improve patientís quality of life, reduce their side effects and improve their understanding of their disease and treatment options.  He has designed, conducted and published six nationally ethically approved scientific studies as well as a number of cost effectiveness studies linked to Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, Oxford, Cambridge, Hull and more recently Coventry Universities. The methodology for this research is also now being taught to colleagues and students internationally in formal teaching programs, medical conferences and invited lectures. 

He has a particularly strong research interest on how lifestyle interacts with the cancer process and how an optimal lifestyle can improve quality of life and disease outcome following a diagnosis of cancer. As well as a number of practical lifestyle strategies for patients, his team have designed and conducted the worlds largest  prospective lifestyle study in men with prostate cancer. He has designed and is conducting the world's first double blind RCT of and broad spectrum nutritional supplement for prostate cancer (The UK Pomi-T study). In 2017 presented the results of a double blind RCT of a polyphenolic rich nail bed balm which prevented one of the most troublesome side effect of one of the most common chemotherapy agents - onycholysis - the UK polybalm study

Prizes and awards

Media experience

Financial interests in the last 10 years

All monies received by Dr Thomas or his research team have been unconditional and unrestricted  i.e. they have not had any editorial influence or were connected to the educational content of talks, published papers or design of clinical trials. 


Original clinical research (Lead investigator and first author)

Editorials and evidence reviews

Letters and case reports with literature review:

Original research (not first author)


Book chapters

Book reviews

Talks and abstracts