Dr James Good


Telephone: 0121 371 3599

Email: sheena.collins@uhb.nhs.uk

Oncology West Midlands


I am a consultant cancer specialist based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. I trained as a scientist at Cambridge University before completing clinical training at University College, London. My subsequent experience in cancer medicine and radiotherapy at the Royal Marsden Hospital equipped me to provide treatment of the very highest standard.  I bring an innovative and personalised approach to my practice in Birmingham and beyond.
Dr James Good - Oncologist Birmingham



Oncologists play a key role in the treatment of bowel cancer. For people diagnosed at an early stage, I work with a team of highly experienced surgeons to develop a treatment plan. Radiotherapy is often used to treat rectal cancer before an operation, and I routinely use the most advanced techniques to reduce complication rates. Chemotherapy may be used before or after an operation to improve the chance of cure. Whether to use chemotherapy depends on a number of factors, such as the molecular profile of the tumour and the medical history of the person affected. Treatment is personalised by interpreting published evidence in the light of individual needs; I take the time to explain all the options.

For those with more advanced cancer I have a range of expertise unique in the Midlands. This enables me to coordinate a truly state-of-the-art approach. Drug treatment based on the tumour’s molecular profile is central to this, but the addition of innovative treatments such as CyberKnife radiotherapy or selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) can often achieve better outcomes. I have close links with colleagues who offer surgical treatment for cancer affecting the lungs, liver and peritoneum (abdomen). My goal is always to balance the effectiveness of treatment against possible side effects.

I have a busy head and neck practice treating cancer originating in the jaw, tongue, tonsil, larynx, neck, salivary gland, and sinuses. These cancers are often best treated using a combination of therapies, so I work closely with surgeons, dieticians, speech and language therapists and other colleagues to support people through their treatment.

Radiotherapy is often used to cure head and neck cancer, either alone or in combination with chemotherapy. The technically advanced facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and at Spire Little Aston Hospital are second-to-none. Chemotherapy is available at several different locations to maximize convenience. Being treated by an experienced and innovative team is central to getting the best possible outcome.

I have a strong interest in the treatment of head/neck cancer that has recurred, or spread to other parts of the body. I was the first oncologist in the Midlands to use the most promising form of immunotherapy to treat advanced squamous cell cancer, and play a key role in local research efforts in this area.

Thyroid cancer is an increasingly common condition with a high cure rate, even at advanced stages, when surgery is combined with radioactive iodine treatment. Iodine is safe and highly effective when given by an experienced team. Radiotherapy is sometimes required, and access to the latest drug treatments can be very helpful when thyroid cancer has spread. An holistic approach to complex thyroid cancer problems is central to my practice. I have been instrumental in developing thyroid cancer services in Birmingham, including the provision of drug therapy for advanced medullary thyroid cancer.
Radiotherapy has an increasing role in the treatment of localized pancreatic cancer, primary liver (hepatocellular) cancer, cholangiocarcinoma (gallbladder), and ‘secondary’ cancer of any type that has spread to the liver. Radiotherapy can often be used to treat inoperable tumours or cancer that has recurred after surgery. Treatment may be given using the CyberKnife over a few days, or radiation may be combined with chemotherapy and given over a longer period. Radiotherapy can also be combined with other treatments such as radio-frequency ablation.

Selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) is a way of targeting tumours by injecting radioactive beads directly into the liver, via its bloodstream. The beads lodge inside and kill the tumour tissue, and the radiation quickly dissipates after injection. SIRT can be used to treat both primary and secondary liver tumours. I work alongside an experienced radiologist and nuclear medicine doctor to deliver these innovative techniques for liver and pancreatic tumours at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The CyberKnife is an innovative radiotherapy machine that delivers a high radiation dose to tumours with minimal damage to surrounding tissues. It can be used to treat tumours that move with breathing (in the liver or lung, for example). I am the first oncologist in the Midlands to bring this advanced approach to patients with liver tumours, and also have experience in treating lymph nodes and recurrent cancer elsewhere in the body. Several tumours can often be treated over a short period, and most people experience minimal side effects.


“I simply want to say ‘thank you’ to you and your team for my excellent care. I have been overwhelmed by the courtesy, informality and dedication of all involved. I am genuinely indebted to you ” RR

“Thank you for all your care, support and honesty … You did an amazing job …  I know we received the best possible care and for that I will be forever grateful” JH

“I will be eternally grateful to you for giving us time that we might otherwise not have had, and for giving both of us the possibility of a future together … your knowledge, strength and wisdom kept our family together” JK

“Thank you for all your encouragement and support during my treatment … ‘In remission’, what a fantastic result … I’m glad I was referred to you!” CH









Telephone: 0121 371 3599

Email: sheena.collins@uhb.nhs.uk

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