Percy Ellis Thompson Hancock

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 27 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1322

Former consultant physician Royal Free and Royal Marsden hospitals, London (b 1904; qCambridge/St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1931; FRCP), d 8 Jan 2004.

Percy Thompson Hancock started as a registrar at the Royal Marsden in 1938. He was senior physician there in the 1950s and 1960s when chemotherapy emerged as a new treatment for cancer and he played a crucial part in the new developments. Percy was appointed the first director of clinical research at the hospital. He started the first well woman clinic to screen for breast cancer. He won the National Milk Challenge Trophy in 1952 with his pedigree Ayrshire cattle. Predeceased by his first wife, “Blue,” and his second wife, Laurie, he leaves two daughters.

Trevor Hudson


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