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60 seconds with oncology clinical nurse specialist Lorraine O’Leary

‘Every day I see how patients in cancer centres benefit from having a CNS’
Lorraine O'Leary

‘Every day I see how patients in cancer centres benefit from having a CNS’

After training as a registered general nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, Lorraine O’Leary spent three years on a general medical oncology ward at Guy’s Hospital while completing her post-registration nursing diploma at King’s College London. In 1998 she moved to Sydney, Australia, returning to the UK two years later to take up a post in gynaecological cancer at The Royal Marsden and complete her degree in cancer nursing.

After seven years as a chemotherapy nurse at Kingston Hospital and three years as a staff nurse at St Raphael’s Hospice in Surrey, she returned to The Royal Marsden in 2011 to take up a staff nurse post in the trust’s Oak Foundation Drug Development Unit.

She has been in her current role as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) on the unit


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