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We have a team of highly qualified and experienced medical reviewers who are specialists in their fields. All medically reviewed articles identifies the specialist who conducted the review.
Cara McCarter, Oncology nurse
Hi, I’m Cara.
I grew up with a lot of great influences in my life. My dad, uncle, granny and great grandmother were all nurses so I suppose you could say it's in my blood. I unfortunately had several health issues as a child and was in and out of hospital. I witnessed first hand great nursing care and it influenced my decision to pursue the career. The nurses I came in contact with as a patient made me feel safe and less anxious. They were so knowledgeable and friendly.I wanted to be that person who could help people when they are at their most vulnerable.
After gaining a first-class honours degree in nursing I got my first nursing job within the Bridgewater Suite in Belfast City Hospital. I worked within the oncology unit and the unit provided me with “hands on” learning on how to look after patients with complications of cancer and adverse effects of treatments they had received.
I then took on a role as a District Nurse where I experienced cancer and cancer treatments in a different light. Helping patients with symptoms, PICC line management and psychological care was a daily task within the job. For the last two years, I've been part of the oncology and haematology department team at Laurel House in Antrim Area Hospital. , I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to work with such amazing patients who show such strength and dignity. It is a pleasure to have the chance to be part of their stories and my ultimate goal is always to try to make an extremely difficult life event even a fraction more tolerable.
Samantha Ross, Oncology nurse
Hi my name is Samantha, I've been a qualified nurse for nearly 15 years. I've worked in a variety of different wards within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT), eventually settling in our cancer services department 10 years ago.
I like working with cancer patients as research is improving every day and new treatments are always becoming available. Cancer is one of the only illnesses that is curable and I'm so privileged to be part of it. It isn't easy some days but it's so rewarding. I have met some real characters throughout the job, who have taught me so much.I use that knowledge to help other people through their journey whether it’s tips about nausea or pretty accessories for stoma bags.
I've worked with oncology and haematology service users since 2006 in the inpatient unit at my hospital. I completed my chemotherapy module in 2015 and have been giving chemotherapy since. I transferred to the outpatient unit in 2016. I've been involved in patient education on chemotherapy regimens, so it gives me hopefully a good insight into your journey. I have learned a lot of things from my patients on how to make this journey as easy as possible.