A Big Step Forward...

Future Liver Cancer Research

In January 2014, The LCSA commenced funding  one day a week of a consultant medical oncologist’s time to build a robust nationally visible research programme based at the University of Surrey in the Post Graduate Medical School.

Dr Tony Dhillon will devise a research programme which will focus specifically on the liver in the context of cancer biology: both primary liver cancer and liver metastases.   It is expected this will consist of establishing a tissue bank of primary and metastatic cases together with clinical correlates.

Dr Tony Dhillon

Dr Tony Dhillon

I am a 43 year old medical oncology consultant at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and senior lecturer in medical oncology at the University of Surrey.

I graduated from University College London with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and a medical degree in 1997.

I trained in general medicine in Oxford and then became a Wellcome Trust clinical Fellow at the University of Oxford working on how genes are switched on and off in different chromosomal environments. At the same time I was medical tutor and lecturer in Neuroscience at Oriel College, Oxford and lecturer in physiology at Brasenose College, Oxford.
In 2002 I started my medical oncology training on the Imperial Hospitals Medical oncology rotation (Charing Cross, The Hammersmith and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals).

My research interests continued as a CR-UK clinical fellow in the laboratory of Prof Michael Seckl at Imperial College London where I worked on cancer cell signalling using lung cancer as the model. I was awarded my PhD in 2009.
I started as a Consultant in medical oncology at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2010 and continued research work at Imperial College looking at cell free DNA in lung cancer and its use in diagnosis.

My appointment here this January has allowed to have my clinic and research interests focused on one site in an excellent environment surrounded by outstanding clinicians and scientists.

I am married to a lecturer in French at the University of Surrey; I have 2 children and live in Guildford.