Tom Doust

Tom’s Experience

I was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in summer 2017 and treated with chemotherapy and a oesophagectomy over the rest of that year by Mr Nick Maynard and the Churchill Upper GI team.

Experience with Cancer Research

I’m a member of OOSO.

I’m an ambassador at the Marlow Higginson parkrun for 5KYourWay Move Against Cancer a group that helps people get involved with parkrun while being treated for and recovering from cancer.

During my treatment I continued running as much as I was able; as well as helping my CV and respiratory fitness prior to surgery it was an important factor in maintaining my mental well-being. Since then it has been one of a number of things I have used to challenge myself with in order to restore a sense of normality.

Over my career, first in chemistry then IT, I have acquired a lot of experience in communicating complex issues. Since retirement from that I have become qualified as a teacher of English as a foreign language and spend some of my time teaching in refugee projects in Greece.

Areas of Interest

  • Perception and presentation of risk
  • Mental wellbeing of patients and their families
  • Fitness & cancer – interactions with risk and treatment