Professor Robert Thomas, UK
“Tough as nails: protecting patient’s from chemotherapy-induced onycholysis”
Professor Robert Thomas is a Consultant Oncologist at the Primrose Oncology Unit, Bedford and Addenbrooke’s, Hospitals specialising in Breast, Skin, Colorectal and Prostate cancer using chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormones and biological therapies. He is professor of Biological and Exercise Science at Coventry University, a teacher at Cambridge University and a visiting Professor at the University of Bedfordshire. He is author of the book “Lifestyle after Cancer” and medical advisor for the lifestyle and cancer websites Cancernet.co.uk. and keep-healthy.com
Although still embracing mainstream oncology research, he has an academic interest in the evaluation of nutritional, lifestyle and self help strategies, aiming to integrate these into routine oncology practice. He has published over 100 peer reveiwed papers including the worlds largest randomised double blind evaluation of a polyphenol rich nutritional supplement in men with prostate cancer (Pomi-T study) and the evaluation of a plant based antedocte for chemotherapy induced nail damage (UK Polybalm Study). He designed the UK’s first government approved qualification in exercise rehabilitation for cancer patients which is now delivered nationally by The Wright Foundation.