Work and cancer


Wednesday 28 March 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Occupational Medicine Section , Oncology Section , Macmillan Cancer Support


5 CPD Points

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about this event

This meeting aims to explore workplace factors that may be associated with the development of cancer, and to consider how those with cancer whilst at work can best be supported.

key topics

  • what workplace factors are associated with the development of cancer
  • how we can enable factors to sustain those with cancer in work


  • Know about the current and emerging evidence on the strength of associations between occupational exposures and specific cancers, and effective preventive strategies
  • Understand how to advise those with cancer and their employers about capacity for work, and appropriate adjustments
  • Understand how to promote a positive understanding of cancer as a condition often compatible with work and the evidence for the impact of health and well being on this approach

who should attend?

Anyone interested in how cancers associated with occupational exposures can be prevented and in learning how to improve the health and wellbeing of those cancers through supporting people in appropriate work.


RSM members: £45 - £160

Non-members: £65 - £180 


*Tickets include tea, coffee and lunch

*The programme and speaker line up will be updated regularly

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8.45 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.15 am

Welcome and introduction

Dr Robin Cordell, President, Occupational Medicine Section, RSM, Liz Egan, Macmillan Cancer Support

Workplace factors associated with the development of cancer

Dr Robin Cordell, President, Occupational Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

9.30 am

What do we know about occupational exposures and cancer?

Professor John Cherrie, Principal Scientist within the Research Division at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, and Professor of Human Health at Heriot Watt University

10.00 am

The risks of breast cancer in the workplace

Dr Richard Simcock, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Sussex Cancer Centre

10.30 am

Tea and coffee

11.00 am

Implications of chemotherapy, targeted treatments and immunosuppression on work

Dr Louise Hancock, Specialty Registrar in Occupational Medicine, Medigold Health

11.35 am

Current state of knowledge in prevention and early detection of common cancers

Dr Bhawna Sirohi, Consultant Medical Oncologist, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and President-Elect, Oncology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

12.10 pm

Panel discussion – so what do we know about work factors and development of cancer, and what can be put in place (and how and where) to prevent cancer?

Dr Robin Cordell, President, Occupational Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

12.30 pm


Enabling factors to sustain those with cancer in work – and how these can be mobilised

Dr Robin Cordell, President, Occupational Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

1.40 pm

Work and cancer - the Macmillan perspective

Liz Egan, Macmillan Cancer Support

2.10 pm

Work and cancer – effects on an individual (physical, psychological, social aspects)

Professor Jane Maher, Chief Medical Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support

2.40 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.10 pm

Work and cancer – social and cultural aspects from the employer and employee perspective

Mrs Judith Ryder, Former Director of Organisational Development, WM Housing Group

3.40 pm

Enabling factors: Rehabilitation and adjustments in the workplace

Ms Veronica Sanudo, Case Manager, NHS Lothian, Lothian Work Support Services

4.10 pm

Panel discussion – so how can those with cancer best be supported in work?

Dr Robin Cordell, President, Occupational Medicine Section, RSM and speakers

4.40 pm

Concluding remarks

Dr Robin Cordell, President, Occupational Medicine Section, RSM and speakers

4.45 pm

Close of meeting

Sylvia Lawler prize evening

6.15 pm

Registration, tea and coffee

Poster viewing

6.45 pm

Validation of metabolic nodal response to neoadjuvant therapy as a predictor of recurrence and death after surgery for oesophageal cancer, and development of a simple risk score

Mr John Findlay, Specialty Trainee 7 and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford

7.00 pm

Making sense of the evidence: Using a novel computational argumentation technique to visualise a systematic review of temozolomide chemotherapy in newly-diagnosed adult glioblastoma

Dr Olivia Lucas, Core Trainee 2, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

7.15 pm

Pre-operative neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio predicts overall and disease-free survival after cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy in appendiceal pseudomxyoma peritonei

Dr Karan Rangarajan, Core Surgical Trainee, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

7.30 pm

Targeting cancer stem-like cells in novel 3D human colorectal cancer explant models for the evaluation of cancer prevention and treatment agents

Dr Sam Khan, Specialty Trainee 3 in Medical Oncology, University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Foundation Trust

7.45 pm

Developing the liquid biopsy in gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma: Treatment monitoring and detection of minimal residual disease

Dr Mark Openshaw, Clinical Fellow in Oncology, University of Leicester

8.00 pm

Combining statins with radioimmunotherapy as a novel therapeutic strategy for colorectal cancer

Dr Vessie Vassileva, Senior Research Associate, Imperial College London

8.15 pm

Judging and announcement of Sylvia Lawler and poster prize winners

8.30 pm

Close of meeting

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