'Prof Martin Gore, 67, one of the UK’s leading cancer scientists, has died as a result of a yellow fever vaccination, the Royal Marsden NHS foundation trust has said.
Gore, who was widely respected for his work, was professor of cancer medicine at the Institute of Cancer Research and a consultant at the Marsden.
Prince William, who is patron of the Marsden, paid tribute. “I’ve found Martin a source of inspiration,” he said, adding that Gore’s “passion for his work, and his obvious compassion and kindness for his patients, their family and friends, reinforces my knowledge that the Royal Marsden is a truly special place”.
William added: “He’s one of the pioneers of 20th-century cancer care, and a friend, colleague and trusted doctor to many.”
Senior scientists expressed their sadness. Prof Peter Openshaw, a former president of the British Society for Immunology, said Gore “was a leader in the field of cancer biology and made a huge contribution to research in this area and the treatment of many thousands of patients. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.”
Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required by some countries as a condition of entry. Deaths from the vaccination were very rare, but there was a higher risk among older people, said Openshaw.
He said: “Yellow fever is a serious viral disease that is found in the tropics and spread by mosquito bite. The vaccine for yellow fever has been available for many years and multiple studies have been conducted into its safety and effectiveness.'
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