Day 017 - 25 Jul 94 - Page 03
A. Yes, I am.
Q. How long have you been at Barts?
3 A. Nine and a half years.
4 Q. Oncology is the branch of medicine which is concerned with
5 A. Yes. It basically is a name given to the study of all
aspects of cancer, including its development and
7 Q. When you say "development and treatment", do you exclude
8 A. No, I was including cause in that.
9 Q. So can we go to cause, development and treatment?
A. Cause, development and treatment.
Q. Before you went to Barts were you at Edinburgh?
11 A. Yes, I was senior lecturer in clinical oncology in
Edinburgh. I was appointed there in 1974. The remit of
12 that particular appointment was to conduct research into a
variety of treatments of cancer, including what was at
13 that time a novel treatment which was neutron therapy.
14 Q. Radiotherapy is the treatment of cancer by means of
X-rays; is that right?
15 A. Not only X-rays, but radio active substances which may
be inserted into the tumour.
Q. Was your time at Edinburgh taken up with academic work and
17 research or did you get a chance to treat patients?
A. It was a combination. There was obviously a lot of
18 academic work conducted, but also a lot of the research we
were carrying out was into the treatment of patients, so
19 there was a certain clinical component.
20 Q. Your work now, how does that differ from Edinburgh?
A. There is more treatment patient orientated work than
21 research. The research I am doing now is entirely patient
Q. We were going to come upon it later on. Tell us what is
23 meant by the word "aetiology" in relation to your field of
24 A. Aetiology is basically what we believe to be the
causes of cancer and this can take a variety of different
25 forms and includes things like genetic predisposition,
biological causes such as viral infections, possibly
26 chemical induction, and physical causes such as radiation
Q. We will have to look at this topic in a good deal more
28 detail later on. Before we do that, Dr. Arnott, have you
written articles about colon rectal cancer?
29 A. Yes, I have written a number of articles about colon
rectal cancer in a variety of journals, also in text