His interests cover supportive care at all stages of cancer illness; cancer-related pain and opioid drugs; symptom management in advanced diseases and at the end of life; quality of life and holistic needs assessment; patient and public involvement in cancer research.
Sam is National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National Specialty Lead for cancer research with a specific brief for supportive care and hospice research. He chairs the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Clinical Studies Group on Supportive and Palliative Care. He is editor in chief of Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care.
Sam works with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on producing UK guidelines, quality standards and technology appraisals relevant to supportive and palliative care.