Dr Alison May Berner is Specialty Trainee and Clinical Research Fellow in Medical Oncology (Barts Cancer Institute) and Specialist Registrar in Gender Identity (Gender Identity Clinic Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust). She is a medical oncologist and gender identity clinician working part-time at the Gender Identity Clinic in London whilst also undertaking her PhD in cancer genomics. She provides advice and assessment for gender diverse patients with active cancer or genetic cancer predisposition, and has assisted charities including CRUK their patient information for the trans community. She leads a number of research and quality improvement projects at the intersection of cancer care and gender identity including:
- “Knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of UK oncologists to LGBTQ patients” – A survey in collaboration with RCR and ACP.
- “Attitudes to cervical screening in trans men and non-binary people with a cervix” – A study in collaboration with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
- “No Barriers Cervical Screening” – An RMPartners project In collaboration with 56 Dean Street and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Her next goal is the formation of a National Oncology MDT for Gender Diverse Patients in order to improve patient care, further research in this area and generate best practice guidelines.