Catherine McBain

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Catherine McBain

Job title

Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Email Address

Phone number

0161 918 7008




Neuro-oncology, Gastrointestinal, Central nervous system


  • Consultant clinical oncologist; lead for neuro-oncology; principal investigator for clinical trials of new treatments for brain tumours.
  • Pathway director for brain and spinal tumours at Manchester Cancer; service lead for colorectal cancer at The Christie peripheral clinic at Macclesfield district general hospital.

Professional biography

Dr McBain graduated from University of Manchester Medical School in 1994. She then held house officer and senior house officer posts at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe Hospital, Whiston Hospital (St Helens) and Salford Royal, and gained her Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in February 1997.

Dr McBain joined The Christie in August 1997 as a Specialist Registrar and passed her final Fellowship of Royal College of Radiologists examinations in 2000. She then carried out two years full-time research in technical aspects of image-guided radiotherapy at the University of Manchester Academic Department of Radiation Oncology and was awarded her MD in 2005. Dr McBain was appointed as a consultant in May 2005 and has since led service development for primary brain and CNS tumours, working closely with neurosurgical teams at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and with commissioners to establishment site-specific multi-disciplinary teams and NICE-compliant referral and treatment pathways.

Dr McBain was instrumental in the establishment of the Stereotactic Radiosurgery service at The Christie at Salford which opened in 2011. She is committed to improving outcomes in brain tumours and is principal investigator for a portfolio of clinical trials in this field. She is also a member of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Brain Tumour Group and the National Cancer Research Network (NCRN) Brain Clinical sub-group, as well as the American Society for Neuro-oncology.

Dr McBain is the Greater Manchester, South Lancashire and Cumbria representative on the National Specialised Commissioning Brain and CNS Clinical Reference Group. She continues to practise colo-rectal oncology, delivering chemotherapy and biological therapies via a weekly clinic at The Macmillan Cancer Resource Centre at Macclesfield Hospital and supervises rectal radiotherapy for patients from Macclesfield and Leighton hospitals.