Dr Katie Spencer

Dr Katie Spencer


Katie is a Clinical Oncology registrar and University Academic Clinical Fellow. Her MRC funded PhD investigated the cost-effectiveness of the palliative radiotherapy treatments delivered within the English NHS radiotherapy. Katie now sits in the Academic Unit of Health Economics where her work continues to focus on assessing the cost-effectiveness both of the cancer treatments we currently deliver and of novel interventions. Much of Katie’s work uses routinely collected NHS data to help assess how the care we deliver currently varies across the NHS and aims to support improvements in care, its cost-effectiveness and outcomes by using these data.

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 Royal College of Radiologists and 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 experience 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
  • PhD

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
  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences