Liz O'Riordan

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Liz O’Riordan is an international speaker, broadcaster and award-winning co-author of ‘The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control’ (Penguin) with Professor Trisha Greenhalgh. In 2015 (aged 40) she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer whilst working as a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon. In 2018 she had a locoregional recurrence on her chest wall. The side effects of treatment meant she had to retire as a surgeon in 2019. During chemotherapy she started an award-winning blog about her experiences ( and talks all over the world about how to improve patient care. She was nominated for a ‘Woman of the Year UK ’ award in 2016 and was one of Medscape’s Top 20 Doctors of 2018. Liz has a keen interest in digital health and survivorship. She is also a keen sportswoman and is passionate about promoting the benefits of exercise for cancer patients.

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Does communication skills training improve cancer care?

Liz O’Riordan reflects on the Cochrane Review 'Communication skills training for healthcare professionals working with people who have cancer' from her perspective as both breast surgeon and someone with recurrent breast cancer.