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Gynaecological Oncology MDT

The Gynaecological Oncology Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is a well-established group of experts with a specialist role in the diagnosis, treatment and management of women with gynaecological cancers. The team comprises doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who manage the treatment of gynaecological cancers in Oxfordshire and is the tertiary referral centre for the Thames Valley Cancer Network.

The team meets every Monday to discuss, in confidence, newly referred patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of a gynaecological cancer. The MDT meetings offer a forum for the team members to plan and agree a recommended programme of treatment specific to individual patient needs.

This approach ensures that all necessary investigations are carried out as quickly as possible and the best available treatment is offered. Treatment options are then discussed with the patient and her family at a subsequent appointment, which is often later that week.

The Gynaecological Oncology MDT links with all those engaged in gynaecological cancer care within the Thames Valley Cancer Network via video-linked joint MDT meetings with colleagues in Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Reading and Swindon and liaises with community and primary care teams.

The Gynaecological Oncology MDT currently includes the following core members.

Gynae-onocology Surgery

Professor Ahmed Ashour Ahmed, Clinical Lead for Gynaecological Oncology Surgery

Professor Ahmed Ashour Ahmed

Professor Ahmed is a Professor of Gynaecological Oncology at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Oxford, a Consultant Gynaecological Oncology Surgeon at the Oxford Cancer and Haematology Centre and a Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford.

Professor Ahmed graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and completed his PhD and Gynaecological Oncology Surgical training at the University of Cambridge, receiving postdoctoral training at M D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, USA.

He won several prestigious national and international awards such as the MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship, Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist Award and, most recently, the MRC Senior Clinical Research Fellowship at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM).

Professor Ahmed's special clinical interest is in the management of ovarian cancer.

Since moving to Oxford in 2010, he has established a clinical and translational research programme in gynaecological cancers. He is also the director of the Ovarian Cancer Cell Research Laboratory at the WIMM.

He became Chair of Gynaecological Oncology in Oxford in 2012 and he is Clinical Lead for Gynaecological Oncology Surgery.

Mr Roberto Tozzi

Mr Roberto Tozzi

Roberto Tozzi is a consultant at Oxford University Hospitals, a Senior Lecturer at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford, and a Research Member of Wolfson College.

A graduate of the Federico II University of Naples, Italy, he moved to the University of Padua for the residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and later on to the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.

In Jena he started the first RCOG accredited Gynaecologic Oncology Subspecialty Training Programme in continental Europe. Following two years as subspecialty fellow in Gynaecologic Oncology in Jena, he moved to London to complete another two years in the subspecialty programme jointly held by the St Bartholomew's and Royal Marsden Hospitals.

Since moving to Oxford in 2009 he has developed the extensive surgical management of patients with ovarian cancer as well as the minimally-invasive treatment of patients with cervical and endometrial cancer.

He is currently the RCOG SST programme Director in Oxford and also the Chairman of the SIG Oncology for the European Society of Gynaecologic Endoscopy.

  • Mr Hooman Soleymani Majd
  • Mr Pubudu Pathiraja

Clinical Oncology

  • Dr Amanda Horne
  • Dr Sally Trent

Medical Oncology

Dr Shibani Nicum, MDT Lead

Dr Shibani Nicum is a Consultant Medical Oncologist specialising in the treatment of patients with ovarian and other gynaecological cancers at the Oxford Cancer Centre.

She graduated from the University of Birmingham and completed her specialist Medical Oncology training at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, prior to taking up her current post at the Cancer Centre in Oxford in 2009.

Dr Nicum is the Lead Clinician for the Gynae-oncology Unit and the Oxford Multidisciplinary Team. She is also the Lead for the Thames Valley Gynaecology Cancer Alliance Group. Through these roles, she is committed to ensuring that all patients have streamlined access to high quality, evidence-based treatment. Her particular interests are in BRCA mutated cancers, and the development of new therapies in order to personalise patient care.

Dr Nicum won a national peer-reviewed grant from Cancer Research UK to undertake laboratory-based research and was awarded a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2007. She has also co-authored many peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in the field of medical oncology.

Dr Nicum is the Oxford Gynae-oncology Research Lead and is actively involved in translating advances in the laboratory into benefit for patients. She is the Chief Investigator for the CRUK OCTOVA Trial, the 6MP BRCA trial and the upcoming ICON9 Trial. She is also the Principal Investigator for a number of clinical trials of novel agents for women with advanced malignancies. Dr Nicum is also an active committee member of the UK National Cancer Research Institute Gynaecological Oncology Clinical Studies Group and also the Ovarian Cancer Clinical Studies Subgroup.

  • Dr Rene Roux

Pathology

  • Dr Stephen Damato
  • Dr Sunanda Dhar
  • Dr Sanjiv Manek
  • Dr Mark McCole

Radiology

  • Dr Zoe Traill
  • Dr Catherine Johnson

Clinical Fellows in Gynecological Oncology

  • Matteo Morotti
  • Jvan Casarin

Subspecialty Fellow in Gynecological Oncology

  • Riccardo Garruto Campanile

Senior Specialist Nurses

  • Lucy Griffiths
    Senior Gynae-oncology Senior Specialist Nurse
  • Simeone Wood
    Gynae-oncology Senior Specialist Nurse

MDT coordinator

  • Zoe Risk

Secretary

  • Naieeda Ali
    Tel: 01865 235662 / 235362

Further information

Fertility preservation

We now offer a service which preserves fertility in patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy. This involves the freezing of ovarian or testicular tissue for reimplantation later in life.

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  • Level 0, Oxford Cancer Centre
    Churchill Hospital
    Old Road
    Headington
    Oxford OX3 7LJ
  • Tel: 0300 304 7777

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