A leading cancer specialist working with the latest radiotherapeutic and medical treatments for cancer, based in Harley Street.
Dr Nick Plowman is Senior Clinical Oncologist to St Bartholomew’s Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street. He also undertakes visiting duties at St Mark's Hospital, Harrow, and Moorfields Eye Hospital. London. Dr Plowman is an expert on the use of radiation therapy and chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer.
Private cancer treatment in London
Dr Plowman is available for consultation at his rooms in Harley Street. He is able to offer the latest techniques in the management and treatment of cancer, with a special interest in:
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
- Central nervous system cancers
- Paediatric cancers
- Urological cancers
- Cancers affecting the eye
- Thyroid and endocrine cancer
Providing specialist treatment for prostate cancer
Dr Plowman is recognised as one of London's leading experts in the treatment of prostate cancer, using the most up-to-date techniques:
External beam conformal radiotherapy
Modern computers and radiotherapy machines are used to mould the high dose of radiation to the tumour itself, minimising the risk of damage to the surrounding healthy organs and tissues and reducing any side effects to the bladder and bowel. This treatment is suitable for patients in whom the cancer has not progressed beyond the capsule covering the prostate gland.
Seed implantation brachytherapy
A number of small, radioactive seeds are put into the prostate gland. Over a period of a few months they deliver a localised high dose of radiation. The surrounding tissues only receive a very low dose, lessening the risk of damage. The seeds have faded away by the end of the treatment time and this therapy offers a low side effect option for the treatment of early prostate cancer.
Lowering the amount of testosterone in the body with medicines can reduce the chance of an early prostate cancer returning or can shrink or slow the growth of an advanced tumour that has spread beyond the capsule of the prostate. Treatment is dependent on the precise grade and stage of the cancer and Dr Plowman is able to offer experienced advice.
Stereotactic radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer
As well using the most modern standard radiotherapy machines, Dr Plowman is at the forefront of this new technology that uses a single targeted dose of radiation to treat tumours that were not otherwise killed by standard radiation therapy or were situated in dangerous positions. The treatment is delivered using specially designed linear accelerator machines:
This is a safe, accurate and reliable state-of-the-art machine that targets the affected cancer site only. There is no open surgery and the patient can be discharged within 24 hours. Because of its accuracy, the Gamma Knife is used for the treatment of tumours near the brain stem and optic nerve.
This machine has a robotic arm that can deliver targeted high dose radiation to tumours anywhere in the body, even parts that are moving such as the lung. Damage to the surrounding tissues is minimised and CyberKnife offers painless treatment for some tumours that were previously considered to be inoperable or untreatable.
Dr Plowman is Director of the London CyberKnife Centre.
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