Current Oncology Reports

, 20:83 | Cite as

The Role of the Specialist Nurse in Gynaecological Cancer

  • Lynn BuckleyEmail author
  • Sarah Robertson
  • Tamara Wilson
  • Jean Sharpless
  • Sarah Bolton
Gynecologic Cancers (NS Reed, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Gynecologic Cancers


Purpose of Review

To explore the role of the specialist nurse within gynaecological cancer.

Recent Findings

There are many different job titles associated with the role of the specialist nurse. Nursing roles are evolving not only to meet the increasing demands on services but also within the ever changing landscape of cancer treatments and improvement in survival. Women and their families need specialist nurses to guide and support them on their cancer journey, along the treatment trajectory and into survivorship.


This paper explores specialist nurse roles generally, and within our service which have been adapted to meet service and patient needs within a gynaecological cancer centre. Irrelevant of title, specialist nurses are best suited to meet the patients’ needs. The fundamental ethos of the care should always remain having the patients’ best interest at heart, acting as their advocate - in essence giving them a voice when they need it.


Gynaecological cancer Gynae-oncology Clinical nurse specialist Advance nurse practitioner Nurse specialist Care coordinator Holistic care 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Lynn Buckley, Sarah Robertson, Tamara Wilson, Jean Sharpless, and Sarah Bolton declare they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn Buckley
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sarah Robertson
    • 1
  • Tamara Wilson
    • 1
  • Jean Sharpless
    • 1
  • Sarah Bolton
    • 2
  1. 1.Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS TrustCastle Hill HospitalCottinghamUK
  2. 2.Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS TrustHull Royal InfirmaryHullUK

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