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Nihal Shah: Consultant Cancer Specialist, London

Consultant Cancer Specialist, London: Nihal Shah
Consultant Cancer Specialist, London: Nihal Shah

An experienced clinical oncologist with a special interest in the management of breast cancer, head and neck cancers, lung cancer  and cancers of unknown primary using the latest techniques in chemotherapy and radiotherapy, including CyberKnife, based in North West London.

Dr Nihal Shah is Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.  He provides private cancer treatment at two independent hospitals in North West London:

  • BMI Bishops Wood Hospital, Northwood
  • BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital, Harrow

A leading clinical oncologist in North West London

Dr Shah is Assistant Clinical Director of the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, an internationally-recognised centre for innovation and excellence in clinical cancer research and care.  He has a particular interest and expertise in the management of breast cancer, head and neck cancers and lung cancer, and is experienced in the treatment of cancers of unknown primary (CUP).  A specialist in CyberKnife, Mr Shah is featured in the Tatler Doctors Guide 2013.

Conditions treated by Mr Nihal Shah

Mr Shah specialises in the treatment of:

  • Breast cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Cancers of unknown primary (CUP)

Expert treatment for cancers of unknown primary (CUP)

It is important for doctors to identify the origin of a secondary cancer in order to plan the most effective treatment.  In around 3-5% of people with cancer, however, the primary cancer cannot be found and the cancer is then referred to as a cancer of unknown primary (CUP).   Reasons for CUP may be that the primary cancer has disappeared even though it has spread to other parts of the body, the secondary cancer has grown and spread very quickly although the primary is still very small, or the cancer has been growing in several areas of the body for some time making it difficult to pinpoint the origin.

Dr Shah is able to offer specialist advice on CUP based on a number of factors, including the location of the secondary cancer, the symptoms, test results and his extensive experience in such cases.

CyberKnife stereotactic radiotherapy at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre

Dr Shah skilled in the use of CyberKnife, a cutting edge radiotherapy machine that delivers targeted high doses of radiation to a tumour without damaging the surrounding tissues.  At the moment is most commonly used for small tumours in the brain and spine, including secondary tumours, but work is ongoing into its use for early stage lung cancers and liver cancer.


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Dr Nihal Shah, Consultant in Clinical Oncology, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood, HA6 2RN

Telephone: +44 (0) 1923 844308


Treatments offered

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy including CyberKnife
  • Hormone therapy


Qualifications and memberships



  • MBBS (Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School)        

  • First Class Honours BSc Pathology

  • Gold medallist FRCR (I)

  • MD (University of London)


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Dr Nihal Shah, Consultant in Clinical Oncology, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood, HA6 2RN

Telephone: +44 (0) 1923 844308