When you call our support line you'll speak to either Val or Rachel, our nurse advisers. Here you can find out more about them and what they do.
I am one of the two nurse advisers on the Target Ovarian Cancer support line. I have spent an amazing 30-year career in women’s health, including gynaecology, colposcopy, and sexual health. Most recently I worked as a gynae-oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), supporting women with gynaecological cancers – including ovarian cancer – from diagnosis right through treatment including surgery and chemotherapy.
Being a CNS is incredible. I met my patients at diagnosis and then stayed with those women throughout their treatment and beyond. It was a privilege to support women at such a difficult point in their lives.
Being a nurse adviser on Target Ovarian Cancer’s support line is a new and exciting challenge. Having worked as a CNS, I am well aware of the pressures of the job – and we’ll be working to support other healthcare professionals, including nurses.
Our support line is for anyone affected by ovarian cancer – from women who have concerns about symptoms to women who are diagnosed and in treatment or those who are now in remission. We are also here to support family and friends – we have seen for ourselves the impact of ovarian cancer on everyone that it reaches.
Better support for women and their loved ones is at the centre of all we wish to achieve.
I am delighted to be part of the Target Ovarian Cancer Supportive Services team as I'm passionate about providing excellent care and support to anyone affected by or diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was previously employed by the NHS as a CNS in gynae-oncology. Prior to this I was a research nurse caring for patients with gynaecological cancers taking part in research studies and clinical trials.
Having worked as a CNS I had the privilege of caring for hundreds of women with ovarian cancer and their families from diagnosis, throughout treatment and during follow up. I have personally seen the difference that the right information and the right support at the right time and in the right manner can make. I am also aware of the workload constraints, time pressures and challenges that are faced by the CNS workforce. Having the opportunity to be a different source of support to people affected by ovarian cancer whilst being in a position to work alongside CNS’ to develop responsive services is a true honour.
Finding information about clinical trials and research studies can be difficult for both patients and health professionals and the Target Ovarian Cancer Clinical Trials Information Centre is an excellent resource to help individuals to find the information that they need. As part of my role I will be helping to ensure that this information is valid, comprehensive and useful to those accessing it.
I would encourage anyone who has questions or concerns about ovarian cancer to get in touch via the support line. We will listen to your questions and concerns, provide support and information and in the rare case that we don’t know the answer then we have access to a panel of experts in their fields who can point us in the right direction.
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Call us on 020 7923 5475
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