Dr Katie Spencer

Dr Katie Spencer


Katie is a Clinical Oncology registrar currently carrying out an MRC funded PhD investigating the cost-effectiveness of the palliative radiotherapy treatments delivered within the English NHS radiotherapy with the Academic Unit of Health Economics.

Research interests

Katie is interested in the value of treatments delivered within the NHS for cancer. Her current research focusses upon palliative radiotherapy treatments, how the use of these treatments varies across the English NHS and the value they offer very close to the end of life. Elements of this work include; assessing the costs of radiotherapy in the NHS in collaboration with the ESTRO-HERO project , determining the quality of life benefits provided by palliative radiotherapy for bone metastases in the context of differing survival time, how patients value these quality of life improvements and considering the cost-effectiveness of newer radiotherapy techniques available to deliver these treatments within the NHS.


  • MB BChir
  • MA (Cantab)
  • MRCP
  • FRCR

Professional memberships

  • FRCR

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics
  • Health economics
  • Cancer Epidemiology Group
  • Decision Modelling Group