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Sam Smith says paediatric oncology is a challenging but humbling area to work in

Sam Smith was just 20 years old when she was diagnosed with lymphoma, shortly before starting her nursing career.‘I received treatment alongside older adults, which was often worse than the treatment itself,’ she says. ‘This is the reason behind my drive to improve services for young people with cancer.’

After qualifying in 1995, Ms Smith worked as a staff nurse in paediatric oncology, acute medicine and intensive care before taking up a post as young oncology and paediatric service manager at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester.

In 2006, she became the trust’s divisional modern matron and lead nurse, and two years later was appointed nurse consultant for teenagers and young adults, one of only four nurse consultants to hold this role nationally.

‘Young people who are faced with cancer and tackle it head on with positivity are a real inspiration,’ she says.

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