Improving the life of cancer survivors

Diana Greenfield speaks about her pioneering work in late effects of treatment and survivorship, and the important role played by nurse consultants

Diana Greenfields commitment to improving the lives of cancer survivors has been recognised with a regional NHS leadership award. She speaks to Clare Lomas about her pioneering work in late effects of treatment and survivorship, and the important role played by nurse consultants.

Abstract

Completing a PhD while caring for one baby with another on the way would be a near impossible task for many, but not for Macmillan nurse consultant Diana Greenfield. My second baby was born on the same day I submitted changes to my thesis, she says.

Dr Greenfield is clinical lead for the late effects service for patients with cancer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Set up almost 20 years ago to make the transition into adult services more seamless for childhood cancer survivors, the pioneering service is still going strong, providing care for survivors up to decades after treatment.

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Diana Greenfield’s commitment to improving the lives of cancer survivors has been recognised with a regional NHS leadership award. She speaks to Clare Lomas about her pioneering work in late effects of treatment and survivorship, and the important role played by nurse consultants.

Abstract

Completing a PhD while caring for one baby with another on the way would be a near impossible task for many, but not for Macmillan nurse consultant Diana Greenfield. ‘My second baby was born on the same day I submitted changes to my thesis,’ she says.

Dr Greenfield is clinical lead for the late effects service for patients with cancer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Set up almost 20 years ago to make the transition into adult services more seamless for childhood cancer survivors, the pioneering service is still going strong, providing care for survivors up to decades after treatment.

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First published in print under the original title 'A privileged role' in Cancer Nursing Practice: 9 February 2015, volume 14, issue 1.

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