Catherine Spencer is a registered nurse with post-registration qualifications in oncology and gynaecological oncology. She also holds a bachelor's degree in science (nursing). Her dissertation researched the experiences of women undergoing radical trachelectomy for early-stage cancer of the cervix. Catherine has worked in the field of gynaecological cancer for 13 years at St Bartholomew's Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital (both London, UK). She is the Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in gynaecological oncology at St Bartholomew's Hospital and leads a team of gynaecological oncology specialist nurses for the North-East London Cancer Network. Catherine also teaches at City University (London) on postgraduate courses in oncology and gynaecological oncology. Catherine's publications include articles on nursing management of malignant fistulae, fertility-sparing surgery for women with cervical cancer, and fertility options in ovarian cancer. She is an active member (and former council member) of the National Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses. Catherine represents nursing on the trachelectomy subgroup of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society.
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