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Nurse recognised for pioneering work for cancer survivors

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A nurse championing the needs of patients living with the long-term effects of cancer in the years after treatment has been honoured by Sheffield University for her trailblazing work in the field.

Professor Diana Greenfield is a Macmillan consultant nurse based at the Royal Hallamshire and Weston Park Hospital, part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

She has been made an honorary chair in cancer survivorship by the university – thought to be the first in the UK.

“It is a privilege to look after people who have survived cancer”

Diana Greenfield

The trust said Professor Greenfield had championed “late effects” and cancer survivorship for many years, and had an internationally recognised track record of research and service development. Her nurse consultant role was created in September 2009.

The trust’s “late effects” service supports the ongoing general health and wellbeing, physical and psychosocial needs of cancer survivors. This includes diabetes, low male hormone levels, infertility, obesity, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression rather than cancer recurrence.

Professor Greenfield said she was “truly honoured” to have been recognised by the University of Sheffield for “firmly putting cancer survivorship on the agenda”.

“It is a privilege to look after people who have survived cancer, and learn from them every day,” she said.

“Her dedication over the past 20 years has been truly inspirational”

Tony Weetman

Trust chief nurse Professor Hilary Chapman said: “Not only has she helped to establish a truly inspirational consultant nurse role, but she has also led the way with the development of clinical services, promoting best practice and aiding greater understanding of the challenges cancer survivors face.”

Professor Tony Weetman, pro-vice-chancellor of medicine, dentistry and health at Sheffield University, added: “Diana’s pioneering work has made a real difference to so many people not just locally but nationally and internationally.

“Her dedication over the past 20 years has been truly inspirational and we are delighted to present her with this special honour.”

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