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Why you should read this article: • To learn about the experience of early phase cancer research nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic • To appreciate the challenges and positive developments brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to nurses working on early phase cancer clinical trials • To recognise the positive implications for future cancer research nursing practice This service evaluation examined the experiences of adult and children’s cancer research nurses working on early phase cancer clinical trials during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. A questionnaire was provided to early phase cancer research nurses at experimental cancer medicine centres, and alongside this there was an online discussion with eight of the nurses. The themes developed from the findings and online discussion provided an insight into the challenges faced by early phase cancer nurses during this unprecedented time and into some of the innovations, such as virtual appointments, adopted to overcome them. COVID-19 had a significant negative effect on the cancer research nurse workforce. However, peer support, networking opportunities, reflection and embracing innovation provided support for nurses and enhanced person-centred care.
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