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Nick Plowman: Consultant in Clinical Oncology, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London

Nick Plowman - Consultant Oncologist
Nick Plowman - Consultant in Clinical Oncology
Dr Plowman is Senior Clinical Oncologist to St Bartholomew’s Hospital (adults) and The Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street (children) with visiting duties to St Mark's Hospital for diseases of the rectum and colon and Moorfields Eye Hospital. He has been Head of Department at St. Bartholomews' from 1989-1997 and from 2000 to the present time.
Dr Plowman's special interests are directed towards improving cure rates in cancer, whilst reducing the side effects of therapy. He is an expert on both radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
In medical oncology, his main contribution has been the demonstration of the importance of adrenal sex steroid production in both breast and prostate cancer and he pioneered therapies aimed at interrupting these pathways in both diseases that have now become standard treatment across the world.
He has a long term interest in advances in the radiotherapeutic methods to treat prostate cancer – both external beam conformal and seed brachytherapy – and hormonal methods of therapy, and focussed brain and body radiotherapy techniques (gamma and cyberknife) .
He has published around 300 original research papers in clinical oncology.


1968 - 1971
Cambridge University
Medical Sciences Tripos : 1st Class Honours
Natural Sciences Tripos : 1st Class Honours
1971 - 1974
Guy’s Hospital
MBBChir (Honours)
MD Cantab
Fellow of The Royal College of Radiologists
Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians

Key Published Papers 

1 Overviews on breast and gastrointestinal cancer (modern management)
2 Optimal methods of treating prostate cancer
The complications of Cancer Management (Ed P.N.Plowman)
Stereotactically delivered Brain Radiation Therapy (Radiosurgery) and brain tumour therapies
Paediatric Oncology (Ed P.N.Plowman, CR Pinkerton)

Contact details

Dr Nick Plowman
14 Harmont House
20 Harley Street
London W1G 9PH
Telephone: 020 7631 1632

Web sites


Cancer Advice

A comprehensive resouce for patients about all forms of cancer, diagnosis and treatment, written and maintained by Dr Plowman.

London Prostate Cancer Centre

Four of London’s experts in prostate cancer joined together to provide and support this web site, concentrating on information relating to prostate cancer , its diagnosis, staging and treatment options, together with facts relating to the disease itself: