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The people involved in the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital project make it very special. Here we share some of their stories...

Jomar Maxion, CNS

Jomar Maxion, lung cancer clinical nurse specialist

To celebrate National Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist Day, Jomar Maxion has shared more about his role and what is exciting about the new Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital.

Ayesha Noorani

Ayesha Noorani, Upper GI Surgeon

On International Women’s Day 2024, Ayesha Noorani has shared her journey to become the first academic consultant Upper GI Surgeon at CUH after being awarded a CRUK Clinician Scientist Fellowship.

Mohammed in Selwyn College gardens

Mohammed Ahsan, patient

Mohammed Ahsan, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2022, has found the healing power of nature, the outdoors and flowers, have helped him overcome his ‘patient mentality’.

Barny Baricz Hughes playing pool and smiling

Barnabas Baricz Hughes, patient

Barnabas ('Barny') Baricz Hughes was in his early 20s when he found out he had cancer. He was cared for in the specialist Teenage Cancer Trust ward at Addenbrooke's, designed for 14-24 year olds.

Liz Chipchase

Liz Chipchase, patient

When retired Cambridge scientist Liz Chipchase signed up for a clinical trial she did so out of personal interest, unaware it would be a decision that would save her life.

A woman doing some bollywood dancing

Krishna Zivraj-Nair, patient

Krishna Zivraj-Nair, who was treated for breast cancer at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, is now dedicating her life to dance, after being told she was cancer-free.

Fiona Carey, her son and grandson

Fiona Carey, patient

Fiona Carey is living with kidney cancer and enjoying life – she recently celebrated the birth of her first grandchild on her own 61st birthday – and the same day as her son’s birthday.


Ethan Beckett, patient

“Having choices in my cancer treatment meant I avoided radiotherapy.”

Nyarai Chinyama, Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nyarai Chinyama, Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nyarai Chinyama is a specialist cancer nurse at Addenbrooke’s who looks after patients with stomach and oesophageal cancer, as well as complex non-cancerous tumours.

Beccy Sleigh

Beccy Sleigh, patient

"I took part in breast cancer research and now I am cancer free."

Joanna Rowley

Joanna Rowley, Lead Nurse - Cambridge Breast Unit

Joanna Rowley shares her journey on becoming the Lead Nurse of the Cambridge Breast Unit, an insight into her role and her thoughts on the new Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital.

Jill Barker

Jill Barker, oncology specialist nurse

I wanted to share how important the role of psychological input is, a big part of our job is to support both the patient, the carers and family. I think it's predominantly one of the most important aspects of our job.

Steve Johnson - CAR-T

Steve Johnson, patient

A Lincolnshire man who underwent revolutionary cancer treatment in a last ditch attempt to save his life is now cancer free.