Medical Qualifications

Professor Tim Illidge completed an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (BSc) at London University before graduating with his medical degree (MB BS) from Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London. Prof Illidge has subsequently been awarded a PhD for his work in the area of lymphomas from the University of Southampton.

In 1998 he received a US Senior Fulbright Fellowship and a Winston Churchill Fellowship enabling him to work as part of the lymphoma team at Stanford University. He has also completed research fellowships as the Cancer Research UK Senior Clinical Research Fellow. Prof Illidge is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians and the American Society of Hematologists and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists and the Royal College of Pathologists.

Medical Experience and Training

Prof Illidge is an internationally renowned expert in antibodies and the treatment of lymphomas with radioimmunotherapy, on which he has published extensively. He currently serves on the National Cancer Research lymphoma group and runs a Cancer Research UK research group from the Paterson Institute and Christie Hospital, Manchester, where he is researching new antibody-based therapies for lymphoma.

He specialises in the management of non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphomas both through the use of systemic immuno-chemotherapy and radiotherapy. He treats patients at the Christie Hospital in Manchester.


Professor Tim Illidge's Places of Practice


The Christie Clinic

Wilmslow Road
M20 4BX

Articles written by Professor Tim Illidge
  • Treating lymphoma with radioimmunotherapy

    Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) is a cancer therapy that involves the use of targeted radiotherapy, which is delivered directly to lymphoma cells by a monoclonal antibody. The radiotherapy is delivered in the form of a radioactive particle or ‘radioisotope’ that is attached to the antibody.

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  • Diagnosing and treating non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphomas

    Lymphomas are cancers of the lymphatic system. When a person has lymphoma, some of their lymphocytes are no longer subject to the normal regulations within the body and are growing ‘out of control’. These abnormal lymphocytes can collect in the lymph nodes, which then enlarge to form tumours. Lymphoma can affect lymph nodes in all parts of the body as well as other organs, such as the spleen or the bone marrow. Although lymphoma is a disease of the lymphatic system, it can also occur in other areas of the body. For example, lymphoma can affect the stomach, the skin, or the liver and can affect the function of the involved organ.

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