Mary Ryan is a registered nurse and certified midwife who holds an oncology certificate and a bachelor's degree in nursing with honours. Her honours thesis and her current PhD thesis have both focused on the experiences of women with recurrent ovarian cancer. Mary has worked as a gynaecological cancer nurse for 16 years. For the past 12 years she has worked as the clinical nurse consultant for the Gynaecological Cancer Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women (Sydney, Australia). Mary combines her role of managing the chemotherapy program in the gynaecological cancer centre with researching the effects on women with gynaecological cancer and its treatment. With her colleagues, she has recently published papers on the prevalence and effects of lower limb lymphoedema following gynaecological cancer treatment. Mary has presented the results of her research at local, National and International conferences.
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