Professor Robert Thomas

Professor Robert Thomas

Prof Thomas Mb ChB MRCP MD FRCR is a full time NHS Consultant Oncologist at Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, a teacher at Cambridge University and visiting Professor of Sports and nutritional science at the University of Bedfordshire.

He manages patients with breast and prostate cancer with chemotherapy,  hormones and biological targeted treatments at Bedford Oncology or privately via Lloyds Home Healthcare. He  uses the latest sophisticated radiotherapy technics including tomotherapy, IMRT, partial breast irradiation, breath holding and rectal spacers  at Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge and privately at Genesis care.

In addition,  he advices individualised nutritional and lifestyle strategies to enhance treatment effect, reduce side effects and improve overall wellbeing.

Current available books

How to live
Keep Healthy after Cancer
Keep Healthy after Cancer


All consultations (NHS and Private) would need a referral from a GP or Hospital Doctor. Please address these to:

Karen Swinton
Secretary Professor Thomas
The Primrose Oncology Unit
Bedford Hospital South Wing
Bedford MK42 9DJ

Private nutritional and lifestyle consultations

In the current covid-19 climate out of area Face to Face consultations are discouraged but as a temporary, alternative measure  Prof Thomas is offering private zoom consultations. These have to be arrange via Karen Swinton, are usually on a Tuesday, last 30 minutes and are charged at £175. For non-insured individuals these can be paid via the adjacent paypal link. For privately insured individuals a pre-authorisation code is required. Please pay for the consultation only when the time and date has been confirm by Prof Thomas Secretary (Karen)

People considering a nutritional and lifestyle consultation may wish to have an online micronutrient analysis which would help guide the nutritional advice – read more

Previous clinical experience

After general medical training, he trained at the Royal Marsden, Royal Free and Mount Vernon hospitals, London. A period of full-time laboratory and clinical research followed at the Institute of Cancer, National Hospital for Nervous Diseases and Duke University, North Carolina. For this laboratory and clinical research, he won the Junior Oncologist of the Year award. Now, as an oncologist and nutritional scientist he was awarded the British Oncology Association’s ‘Oncologist of the Year’, The Hospital Doctor Magazine “Doctor of the Year” ,  the NHS Communication Prize and the Royal College Research Medal.

Clinical Research

Current head of the Lifestyle and Cancer Research Unit which designs and conducts government backed studies evaluating the impact of exercise, diet and natural therapies on cancer, other chronic diseases and more recently recovery from Covid-19.

In collaboration with Universities in Southern California, Cambridge and Glasgow, this unit has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers and regularly presents studies and chairs academic sessions at numerous medical, food and sports conferences across the World (see references).

Prof T current leads the UK Covid-19 nutritional intervention study – see The Phyto-V study

Charity and patient advocacy work

He helps writes and advises the patient information materials for several patient advocacy groups and was chair of The Macmillan Cancer Support exercise expert advisory committee. He is a patron of two cancer support charities:

  1. Hunts Community Cancer Network >>
  2. Cambridge Cancer Care Centre >>