Louise Barnes
Therapy radiographer

As a former radiotherapy patient myself, I know how important it is to work with staff who really care about you as an individual, and who take the time to explain what’s going on.

I’ve been an assistant practitioner here for 5 years and in radiotherapy at Addenbrooke’s for 10 years overall.

Treatment has changed dramatically in that time, with equipment becoming more efficient and even more precise, but one thing that hasn’t changed is how we deal with the people we see. Radiotherapy can sound quite scary, but the quality of life during treatment compared to chemotherapy is usually much better. The reason is that it’s localised, limiting most side effects to that particular area.

When you come for treatment here, me or one of the other therapy radiographers will go through exactly what’s going to happen, answer any questions you might have – we’ve heard them all – and we’ll be there to support you throughout your entire time with us.

I love what I do and I’m very proud to now be able to give the kind of amazing treatment given to me.