Nurse Louise Baxendale says her patients are very inspiring
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Life as a nurse: Caring for teenagers with cancer

Everyone can have a bad day at work: unreasonable requests from a boss, perhaps a mountain of work that never seems to shrink.

But for ward sister Louise Baxendale, a bad day means the death of a teenager.

She is the lead nurse for London's University College Hospital's 18-bed teenage cancer ward, part of the hospital's specialist adolescent unit, the biggest of its kind in Europe.

In each bed there may be a different story - from someone ready to go home after successful chemotherapy to a young person who has just heard the word cancer for the first time.

Here she talks about the what it means to be a nurse caring for teenagers with cancer.

Video journalist: Smitha Mundasad

  • 19 May 2014
  • From the section Health
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