“I am delighted to endorse and support the work of the SATCC in their endeavours and goal of ensuring that both spas and individual therapists can access training and skills that enable people living with cancer to have spa treatments.

As a practicing oncology surgeon I am well aware of some of the scars, both physical and mental, that cancer may leave. Being able to enjoy activities including visiting a spa or salon to boost your wellbeing is essential for everyone, especially those recovering and living beyond cancer.”

A bit about Polly

She trained at the Royal Free Hospital in London qualifying in 1997.  Her surgical training has included an MD in enhancing recovery after surgery, and time overseas in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.  She was awarded a Hunterian Professorship in 2006 by the Royal College of Surgeons for her work on enhanced recovery. She has specialised in breast and skin cancer surgery since 2009.  More recently, in 2019, she was awarded a Trust Leadership award and has been appointed as a Professional and Clinical Advisor for the breast screening programme by Public Health England.

She is committed to providing the highest quality of care for her patients and believes passionately in both listening and  communication skills and the collection of data to ensure high standards are maintained. She believes in quality, evidence based medicine and is the Principle Investigator locally for a number of International research studies. However, she also believes in the holistic nature of health care and the multidisciplinary approach towards improving survivorship and the delivery of patient centred safe therapies.

She loves surfing, anything to do with the sea and being outdoors, as well spending time with her husband, teenage children and Labradors.


Polly King’s presentation at Spa Fest 2023
The patient and the surgeon