Laura Lee

Chief Executive of cancer charity, Maggie's

Laura Lee trained as an oncology nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London before going on to work as a clinical nurse specialist at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, where she met and gave chemotherapy to Maggie Keswick Jencks when her breast cancer was re-diagnosed.

Laura shared Maggie’s vision that cancer support should be housed in a non-clinical and uplifting environment. By the time Maggie died in July 1995, all the necessary groundwork had been done to ensure the first Centre could become a reality and Laura left her job within the NHS to take on responsibility for making Maggie’s vision a reality.

The Edinburgh Centre was supposed to be a one-off but by the end of this year, 20 years after the first Centre in Edinburgh was finished, there will be 20 Maggie’s Centres across the UK and abroad, with more planned both in the UK and overseas. Laura’s career has seen her become the biggest commissioner of modern architecture in the world and she has met many high profile supporters including Michelle Obama and the charity’s president The Duchess of Cornwall.

Laura has turned Maggie’s into an international charity helping people with cancer and their family and friends the world over. Laura’s vision is that everyone should have access to emotional support in an uplifting environment and she has made it her life’s work to make this vision a reality.

For more information on Maggie’s visit www.maggiescentres.org
Recognising Self Worth After

Recognising Self Worth After Cancer

We know that cancer affects body image and a sense of self through physical symptoms like hair loss, skin damage and gaining or losing weight, which can change how you look and feel. But you can also lose your sense of self psychologically, as cancer can take complete control of your life and many people feel that suddenly they are defined by their cancer diagnosis.
20/10/2017 11:01 BST
How To Talk About

How To Talk About Cancer

At Maggie's we are careful with the language we use. We don't want people to feel that cancer defines you as a person, so we talk about the people who come into our Centres simply as 'Centre visitors', rather than cancer patients. We also avoid using words like 'terminal' and 'prognosis', which recent research has told us are among those least liked by the people who visit Maggie's Centres.
28/07/2017 14:13 BST
The Psychological Impact Of Drug Trials On People With

The Psychological Impact Of Drug Trials On People With Cancer

The pressures on a person with cancer are endless and treatment options are often the most daunting, you are suddenly thrown into a new world, where you're expected to understand medical language and make life-changing decisions at a time when you are at your most vulnerable.
19/10/2016 14:28 BST
How Cancer Stories in the News Affect Those Living With

How Cancer Stories in the News Affect Those Living With Cancer

A question I heard a lot back then and I still hear now from Centre visitors is 'could I have done anything to prevent it?' Many of these people also end up with a feeling of guilt, thanks to all the news stories about causes that lead them to think they are to blame for their cancer, which coupled with the fear of their diagnosis does not help them on their recovery journey.
19/07/2016 15:04 BST