Our cancer experience: health professionals share their stories and offer advice
Being diagnosed with cancer can give you a unique perspective on care and two nurses and a breast surgeon share their experiences and advice
- Direct, spoken communication preferred to printed information
- It’s okay to show emotions – patients don’t expect you to be superhuman
- Mind your language and your non-verbal cues
Illustration: David Mitchell
Healthcare professionals diagnosed with cancer face many challenges, some of which can be different from those faced by patients with no expert knowledge. Supporting other health staff who have cancer is an opportunity to reflect and gain insight that could improve the care you give.
Dorthe Swaby-Larsen was a nurse consultant in emergency care at a London hospital when she was diagnosed in 2014 with acute promyelocytic leukaemia, a rare form of the disease affecting only about 200 people in the UK each year. She...
Want to read more?
Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today
Save over 50% on your first three months:
- Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
- Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Cancer Nursing Practice
- RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
- NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
- Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests