I develop, coordinate and oversee research being generated and carried out by the National Cancer Research Institute's Teenage and Young Adult Clinical Studies Group. My research mainly involves trying to improve the numbers of young people taking part in research, improving cancer diagnosis for young people, involving young people in research and BRIGHTLIGHT which aims to show whether where young people are treated and who they are treated by affects how well they do.
I am based at University College London Hospitals, formally the Middlesex which was privileged to have the first Teenage Cancer Trust ward back in the early 1990s. We have a Teenage Cancer Trust ward in the main tower and we also have a Teenage Cancer Trust floor in the new Cancer Centre.
Why Teenage Cancer Trust matters
Teenage Cancer Trust provides specialist units and staff to ensure that young people remain young people throughout their cancer journey, this ensures they have the maximum chance possible of returning to as healthy a life as possible.
I love involving young people in research. As a researcher, I could spend all my working days in a library from now until I retire, researching about young people and cancer but this would never tell me what it is actually like to have a cancer as a young person- books and graphs just don’t tell us that. So, we involve young people with all our research projects to make sure we are asking the right questions in the right ways. It is completely inspiring to see young people share with us what are often upsetting and traumatic experiences so that our research projects are more meaningful to other young people.