Dr Carey MacDonald-Smith

Honorary Research Associate


Dr Carey MacDonald-Smith
MBBCH (WITS); MSc, Dip Pall Med (Cardiff)
Associate Specialist Medical Oncology, NWCTC
Honorary Research Associate, University of Chester

Carey works as a Medical Oncologist at the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre where she has practised since just after it opened in 2000. Her sub-speciality tumour sites include small cell lung carcinoma, advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma, renal cell carcinoma as well as those ovarian and upper GI carcinomas which are managed with chemotherapy. She leads the Acute Oncology Service within Glan Clwyd Hospital, which was established as a new service in October 2012.

As medical oncology representative, Carey sits on the Cancer, Palliative Care and Clinical Haematology Clinical Programme group (CPG) Audit Committee, the North Wales Cancer Service Chemotherapy Governance Group and the MacMillan Person Centred Care Project currently being rolled out over North Wales.

Her real passion is psychosocial oncology and since 2012 she has sat on the British Psychosocial Oncology Society executive committee as the Oncology representative. In January 2014 Carey joined the University of Chester Psychosocial Oncology Research group as clinical collaborator.

In terms of research, her special interests include improving the patient experience, communication skills, holistic care and the psychological/social impact of living with cancer. She also has a keen interest in clinical research and is PI/ CI for over 20 current national and international clinical trials in lung, renal, ovarian and upper GI malignancies within the NISCHR affiliated North Wales Clinical Trials Department.

Carey particularly enjoys qualitative research and her Palliative Medicine MSc Thesis was on “The Experience of Living with Brain Metastases” (awarded 3rd prize overall in the 2013 National Royal College of Medicine Research Showcase)

Encouraging psychosocial oncology research within North Wales is her current focus and one of her important future goals is translating and applying the outstanding research done nationally in this field into standard NHS care to the benefit of patients living with cancer.