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Jane Maher: Late-onset rock chick

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 24 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1402



Jane Maher is a clinical oncologist, focusing on breast and advanced prostate cancer at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Greater London and serving as joint chief medical officer of Macmillan Cancer Support. She is particularly interested in what happens to patients after their cancer treatment and has advised national NHS bodies on aftercare and survivorship, as well as establishing support and information units across the UK and Australia. Mourning the death of her husband, Peter, she was surprised to find consolation in rock music and became a devotee of the Rolling Stones—a rock chick at 60. She is also a keen tweeter: @Maherjane.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be an actor—although any hopes of treading the boards were dashed by my stint at the National Youth Theatre (I didn’t look the part and was definitely not good enough).

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Hugh Thomlinson: a physician, explorer, wood carver, and scientist, and the author of a seminal paper on radiation therapy, whose radiobiology courses provoked a generation of trainee oncologists to question everything that they …

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