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Daniel Palmer

Daniel PalmerQ. NAME

A. Daniel Palmer.

Q. JOB TITLE

A. North West Cancer Research Chair of Medical Oncology.

Q. PLACE OF WORK

A. University of Liverpool and Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

Q. WHAT DO YOU DO?

A. As North West Cancer Research Chair of Medical Oncology, I head a team of academic oncologists with specialist interests in a range of cancers, so that we can offer clinical trials to cancer patients. I specialise in the treatment of patients with liver and pancreatic cancers. My role as a medical oncologist involves caring for patients with cancer, as well as researching new treatments and ways in which to improve existing treatments, first in the laboratory and then in the clinical environment. My laboratory research is currently investigating novel approaches to the treatment of liver and pancreatic cancers and we hope to take this to clinical trial stage soon.

Q. HOW WILL THIS HELP TO BEAT CANCER?

A. Clinical trials enable us to take what we have learned from the laboratory into the world of the clinic in order to test their effectiveness against cancer. Clinical trials have underpinned the progress we have made in progressing cancer treatments so far and our contribution to designing and conducting the clinical trials of the future will further facilitate our progress.

Q. HOW DOES NORTH WEST CANCER RESEARCH SUPPORT YOUR WORK?

A. The support of North West Cancer Research has been fundamental in establishing an Academic Oncology team in this region, allowing us to appoint oncologists who are world-leading in their respective fields, supporting our laboratory research programmes. More recently the charity has funded clinical trials that could help develop future cancer treatments.

Q. WHAT DRIVES OR INSPIRES YOU?

A. As a medical oncologist, I am in the privileged position of being at the interface between laboratory research and patient care. Directly observing the limitations of existing cancer treatments and the impact of a cancer diagnosis on patients and their families provides strong motivation for our research endeavours to develop more effective treatments for the future.

Q. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

A. Giving Dr Hussain (North West Cancer Research Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology) an occasional badminton lesson and an annual winter pilgrimage to the Alps for skiing (think Bambi on ice).

Q. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SAYING?

A. Evidence is not the plural of anecdote.

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