Elaine offers a variety of courses and materials suitable for people with different levels of scientific knowledge.

Some of Elaine’s courses and materials provide broad overviews of cancer biology and the science behind targeted cancer treatments. Other courses home-in on individual cancer types such as lung cancer, breast cancer, cancers of the digestive system or haematological cancers.

Course content ranges from key concepts in biology and genetics for those with a basic understanding of human biology, through to advanced courses suitable for medical oncologists and experienced trials staff.

Available study days in 2024

Download a PDF listing all Elaine’s available courses.


Face-to-face teaching

Elaine travels the UK and Europe presenting seminars and study days on the science behind targeted cancer treatments. She also speaks at numerous medical and charity conferences and meetings.

Every year, Elaine delivers a programme of courses for the Royal Marsden Hospital in London that anyone can book onto. These courses are designed for nurses, trials coordinators, pharmaceutical companies and junior oncologists.

Every course, module and presentation that Elaine delivers is bang up-to-date and incorporates the latest scientific advances and drug approvals.

Online education

In 2016 Elaine developed, wrote and presented an online course ‘Demystifying targeted cancer treatments’ for Cancer Research UK, which was hosted on the FutureLearn platform for seven years, attracting thousands of learners.

Since then, Elaine has worked on numerous other online education projects including, Let’s Communicate Cancer, which is hosted on e-learning for healthcare.

A comment from one learner:

“My word this has been wonderful. Elaine you were great at presenting a lot of information succinctly and understandably. As a nurse I appreciate the nurses’ perspectives. Thanks so much.”

Contact Elaine if you’re interested in using her experience, knowledge and illustrations to develop your own online educational materials.


Animations are a great way of communicating complex information in a way people from many backgrounds can understand. Elaine has worked on numerous animations for both healthcare professionals and patients. These include a short video explaining B-Raf inhibitors and a set of three animations, translated into five languages, on genetic testing for ovarian cancer.


Elaine’s book is called ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Targeted Cancer Treatments’. It is published by Wiley and is can be bought from the Blackwell’s website. The book contains over 100 of Elaine’s colourful illustrations and was Highly Commended by the BMA Book Awards in 2019. It covers:

Chapter 1: An introduction to cancer cell biology and genetics
Chapter 2: Introducing targeted cancer treatments
Chapter 3: Treatments that block cell communication pathways
Chapter 4: Drugs that target: angiogenesis, fusion proteins, PARP, hedgehog signalling, CDKs
Chapter 5: Cancer immunotherapy
Chapter 6: Targeted treatments for common solid tumours
Chapter 7: Targeted treatments for haematological cancers

A second edition is due out in 2024.

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