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Nurse Susanne Cruickshank wants to build on her research into recovery and 'survivorship'
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The first few months of 2016 have been busy for Susanne Cruickshank. In January, she was elected chair of the RCN cancer and breast care forum. Last month, she moved from her post as senior lecturer and reader in cancer nursing at Edinburgh Napier University to become reader in cancer nursing at the University of Stirling.

It is a significant transition for Dr Cruickshank, who held her previous role for more than 12 years. She was particularly drawn to Stirling’s cancer research unit for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.

‘The researchers are interested in supportive care and survivorship, not just in the treatment phase but in recovery too,’ she explains. ‘I want to build on my research into recovery and survivorship.’

Dr Cruickshank’s background is in breast and haematological cancers, which have typically had better survival rates than other forms of cancer.

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