Opinion, analysis and debate
For people living with cancer, it is nurses who so often play a critical role in providing the care, comfort and reassurance that they need, during what can often be the most difficult time in their lives.
The cancer community came together this week at the Britain Against Cancer Conference to discuss the future of cancer care, with the crisis facing the UK’s cancer workforce high up on the agenda.
After radiotherapy left her with severe swallowing difficulties, Mary found herself reliant on the after-care oncology team
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Every clinician thinks their speciality is the best, should have the most funding, the best resources and the highest quality patient experience.
Student nurse Jessica discusses her placement experience providing palliative care to a patient in her home
Sue Morgan MBE has been an advocate for children and young people with cancer for the majority of her career, but here she speaks for herself, telling us the rewards and challenges of work that’s close to her heart
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We talk to Rajvinder (Raj) Mashiana, an oncology nurse who thrives on a challenge, whether it be building a ground-breaking new cancer wing or working in for a non-profit organisation in Ethiopia.
Nicolette Peel talks about motherhood, midwifery, and her charity Mummy’s Star
Children’s nursing student editor, Gary Williams, reflects on his first experience of caring for someone who died and the available cancer treatments in the UK and abroad.
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Having worked in palliative care for 20 years, when Nigel Dodds was diagnosed with cancer he expected the worst
'If you find yourself running behind, don’t get flustered – prioritise and delegate non-essential jobs 'Subscription
We talk to Carly Ringrose, a research nurse at the Southampton Cancer Research UK Centre, who has been a nurse for eight years and is working on early phase trials for new lymphoma treatments.
Routine follow-up is a long-established approach in healthcare and nursing
My thoughts on my pediatric oncology placementSubscription
Despite regularly looking after patients with cancer when working as a care assistant, Danielle is now facing her fear of working with paediatric cancer.
Clinical nurse specialist, Dr Victoria Harmer, used her role as an advisor on Eastenders to help the public understand the impact Peggy Mitchell’s breast cancer diagnosis would have in real life
Dementia is a complex issue and affects individuals and their families in different ways.
Over 25 years since the first Teenage Cancer Trust unit opened in London, says Sam Smith, on a model ensuring nurses have age-specific expertise to deliver holistic care to teenagers and young people
We talk to Laura Croan, Northern Ireland’s only lymphoma clinical nurse specialist, based at Belfast City Hospital, who has been a nurse for 12 years.
By creating a ‘one stop clinic’ for people concerned about possible cancer symptoms, Morecambe Bay Hospital aimed to address the fears preventing early detection. Richard Turner, urological clinical nurse specialist, explains.
'Weight loss in cancer patients causes distress'Subscription
Weight loss is often associated with treatment and viewed as an inevitable consequence of the disease or its treatment.
Health promotion is part of every nurse’s role but conversations are not always easy to start. Practice nurse and health promotion enthusiast, Jaqui Walker, explains how World Cancer Research Fund can help
'Staff wellbeing is crucial for patient safety'Subscription
Macmillan Cancer Support response to annual nursing survey
Minding all the gapsSubscription
Striving to make the complex simple, Emma Blades is a vital link between staff, patients and their treatment
‘We need more voices for practice nurses’Subscription
A passion for nursing has shaped the last three decades of Susan Nightingale’s life
Unusual places to find a nurse...Subscription
Three nurses working in unusual settings reveal what makes their jobs special
'Patients and relatives help shape you as a nurse and listening to them teaches you a lot'Subscription
We talk to Lynsey Ayers, a staff nurse for St Ann’s Hospice.
A recent report on cancer care in England suggests patients should have access to a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) to help coordinate their care. The reasons for this are manifest.
Nurses play a critical role in ensuring people with a terminal illness can achieve the best possible quality of life in the time they have left.
We talk to Cathy Hughes, consultant nurse in gynaecology/oncology at Imperial College Healthcare Trust, who has been a nurse for 33 years.
The recognition of nursing excellence boosts morale and inspires others, says Emma Vincent
This article is a story that my lovely dad “Tony” wanted told about living and ultimately dying with cancer.
Marie Curie Cancer Care is participating in a groundbreaking partnership aimed at determining priorities in palliative and end-of-life care research, explains Dee Sissons
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How do provide care and guidance to patients who have no chance of a cure, and who are statistically likely to have little more than months to live?
Victoria Harmer, one of four experts advising the EastEnders team on how to depict breast cancer, explains the responsibilities that come with the role
'Never underestimate someone's will to live'Subscription
The news that NICE are not going to fund a new breast cancer drug had personal resonance for student nurse, Caroline
Welcome to the first in a series of Excellence in Oncology Nursing videos, brought to you in association with Novartis Oncology.
Pain is the main reason people seek healthcare. It has a devastating effect on patients and families
Many carers don’t realise there is support available to help them in their role. So as one of the people they may turn to, you’re vital in helping us to identify and support them.
According to a study conducted by the Royal College of Physicians, every year second-hand smoke results in more than 165,000 new episodes of disease among children, 300,000 primary care consultations, 9,500 hospital admissions and around 40 sudden infant deaths.
Macmillan’s informative and interactive resources can help people understand and manage their cancer risk
While only 5–10% of cancers are thought to be linked to inherited genes, a cancer diagnosis in the family often prompts people to worry about their own risk. So do celebrity stories – after Angelina Jolie announced she carries the breast cancer gene, Macmillan’s online self-assessment tool for breast and ovarian cancer (see below) was visited 1,140% more than usual.
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Gill Laidlow works with patients who have had cancer treatment - and can draw on her own experiences
'When does cancer turn into a claim?'Subscription
Decades ago Britain was one of the biggest asbestos importers in the world. The so-called “magic mineral” is fire-proof and was used extensively in all types of industry.
When the story broke about Angelina Jolie’s potential risk of breast cancer Macmillan saw an 800% increase in visits to their familial breast cancer web page.
People affected by cancer often feel isolated because of the emotional, financial, practical and physical impact of cancer.
There is a migration of services from the hospital into the community. The enhanced recovery programme and open-access cancer follow-up are just two initiatives that aim to relocate care
Bernie Wilson is lead chemotherapy nurse at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Merseyside, where she has worked for 28 years.
'Palliative care is deeply rewarding'Subscription
Macmillan palliative care specialist Alison Foster has made a career out of helping others when they are at their most vulnerable.
For as many years as we care to recall, the health service has endorsed that we must treat patients in a patient-centred way, making sure we care for both body and soul.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with more than 100,000 new cases recorded every year.
Palliative care is widely accepted as best practice end-of-life care and is concerned with promoting and maintaining the best possible quality of life.
'We must make time for older cancer patients'Subscription
Half of people newly diagnosed with cancer are aged 70 or over. As nurses, we have a vitally important role to play.