Dr Russell Burcombe



GMC number: 3563278

Practising since: 1991


Clinical Oncology

Consultation times

  • Saturday morning - once monthly
  • Ad hoc clinics as required
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Dr Burcombe trained in oncology at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, The Middlesex and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals before becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists in 1998.

He completed an MD Research Fellowship in a prediction of response to preoperative chemotherapy for breast cancer Mount Vernon’s Cancer Research UK Gray Laboratory in 2001.

He sought new horizons and more experience as consultant Radiation Oncologist in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2002 before being appointed consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Kent Oncology Centre in 2004.

As well as running a busy clinical practice treating breast and lung cancers, Dr Burcombe takes a special interest in providing patient-friendly information for patients.

The innovative Breast Radiotherapy Information film he created was awarded the first prize for Best Patient Support Initiative at the UK Excellence in Oncology Awards, 2012.

This was followed, in 2014, by a film on chemotherapy, now used widely to educate patients in Kent and endorsed by the UK Chemotherapy Partnership.

As Trustee of a local charity, Breast Cancer Kent, he has been closely involved in fundraising to provide state-of-the-art equipment for the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells (MTW) Breast Care Centre.

Two ‘Hospital Heroes’ awards by the Kent Courier and Kent Messenger newspapers, nominated by patients, rewarded his commitment to personalised clinical care in 2013.

More recently, he has worked closely with Macmillan, Breast Cancer Care, and Breast Cancer Now to promote and improve the metastatic breast cancer service at MTW.

Special interests

Breast and lung cancer

Other interests

Pre-operative chemotherapy for breast cancer

Personal interests


Treatments and tests offered by Dr Russell Burcombe at Nuffield Health

  • Chemotherapy

Locations Dr Russell Burcombe works with

Related experience


Dr Burcombe continues to run a programme of clinical audit and research, with publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national breast and lung cancer meetings


  • Fellow of Royal College of Radiologists
  • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians

Other posts held

  • Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Kent Oncology Centre, Maidstone Hospital

Insurers Dr Russell Burcombe works with

Dr Russell Burcombe works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Health-on-Line
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA


Dr Russell Burcombe does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Dr Russell Burcombe does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Dr Russell Burcombe does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.