Author on Call
The function of the “Author on Call” blog is to allow our readers and authors to interact with each other in a unique way. A few select authors will be chosen to share on the blog aspects of their papers that were especially meaningful to them personally or points that may not have made it into their published report. Readers will then have the opportunity to provide comments and questions, to which the authors will respond.
At times, as seen in our first entry, we will also post separate entries to the blog on various special topics that we feel would be informational or that we welcome your feedback on.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Below are comments from an author published in our current issue, 37:4 (July/August), regarding his work:
Intrathecal Chemotherapy: Potential for Medication Error
by Peter J. Gilbar, BPharm, MPallC, FISOPP, FSHP
Mr. Gilbar shares with us:
It is important for nurses to be aware of medication errors associated with intrathecal (IT) chemotherapy as significant morbidity and mortality can occur. Errors arise from overdose or accidental IT administration of drugs intended for administration by another route. Findings from an extensive literature review confirm that the optimal strategy for eliminating the risk of IT medication errors is the development of effective methods of prevention and incorporating them into oncology practice worldwide. The global readership of CANCER NURSING has the opportunity to influence change and instigate the adoption of these preventative strategies into current practice.
Mr. Gilbar’s article is a literature review, and can be found in our “Open Access” collection as well as our current issue.
Enjoy reading this article, and many others, in CANCER NURSING!
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Contact: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation commemorates 10 years of fighting childhood cancer one cup at a time, hosts National Lemonade Days, June 6-8, 2014
Philadelphia, PA (March 25, 2014) – Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, will commemorate a milestone in their history, 10 years of fighting childhood cancer, with the return of National Lemonade Days, June 6-8, 2014. This summer will mark 10 years since 8-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004) challenged the nation to help her raise $1 million for childhood cancer cures, one cup of lemonade at a time. The Foundation will once again invite volunteers across the country to host lemonade stands over the course of three days to continue Alex’s mission and bring renewed attention to the fight against childhood cancer.
ALSF’s National Lemonade Days began in 2004 when Alex Scott set her sights on raising $1 million to fight childhood cancer, including hers. Alex invited volunteers to join her in hosting lemonade stands to help achieve her ambitious goal one dollar and one lemonade stand at a time. Through the help of these volunteers, Alex would reach her million dollar goal before losing her life to cancer in August of that year. Each June, the weekend before Father’s Day, Alex’s mission of raising $1 million returns through National Lemonade Days, when supporters everywhere contribute to a cure.
The Foundation was built upon the principle that you are never too young to make a difference in the lives of others. Following in the footsteps of Alex Scott, the Foundation encourages volunteers everywhere to participate in National Lemonade Days, including many stands held by children. During National Lemonade Days, ALSF offers support to all volunteers who sign up to host lemonade stands. In addition to having access to a member of the Foundation’s staff to help with any lemonade stand needs, Lemonade Days participants also receive a limited edition box while supplies last. The box consists of materials to assist in the fundraising process including: a 2ft X 3ft ALSF banner, thank you notes, stickers, balloons, posters, adult and child speaking points and a pre-paid return envelope for proceeds.
In 2014, the Foundation will also launch a social media campaign to encourage support across the country and world to utilize the hashtag #OneCupAtATime. All participants, whether they host a lemonade stand, visit a stand, or encourage others to do so, will utilize the hashtag to show their support for the Foundation on twitter, instagram, Facebook and more.
For more information on National Lemonade Days, and to sign up to host a lemonade stand, visit: AlexsLemonade.org/LemonadeDays.
About Childhood Cancer
Childhood cancer is a general term used to describe cancer in children occurring regularly, randomly and sparing no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. Childhood cancer extends to over a dozen types of cancers and a countless amount of subtypes. Just a few of these cancer types include: Ewing’s sarcoma, glioma, leukemia, lymphoma, medulloblastoma, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, retinoblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and Wilm’s tumor. In the United States, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15. Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer, accounting for 91,250 losing their lives to the disease every year.
About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $75 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 375 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
About one month ago, we sent out a call for your recommendations for talented reviewers in nine different classifications. The response we received to our call was remarkable! We were so thrilled to receive all of your nominations. We are pleased to share with you that we have added well over 20 new reviewers, with many more invitations still pending. We are confident that these new reviewers will bring their own valuable expertise to their commitments and will help us continue to keep CANCER NURSING as one of the premier journals in this field. Please accept our many, many thanks to each of you that provided us with such special nominations.
If you have any additional reviewers you would like to nominate, please continue to contact us at email@example.com with your recommendations.
Our very best to each of you.
Friday, May 02, 2014
We are continuously looking for additional reviewers in the areas that emerge with special volume or demand. Currently those areas are (with corresponding classification numbers):
Evidence-based practice 3300
Improvement Science 8050; 6850
Qualitative Research 7900.040
Sexuality 8601; 8602
If you would like to make nominations for talented reviewers, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your recommendations!
Saturday, March 08, 2014
We are excited to share with you a new feature of our CANCER NURSING blog! For each new issue, we will now add comments to our blog from each author published in that issue. These comments will be focused on what their published work really contributes to oncology.
Below are comments from two authors published in our current issue, 37:2 (March/April), regarding their work:
Identification of Need for an Evidence-Based Nurse-Led Assessment and Management Protocol for Radiation Dermatitis
by Oddie, Kay RN, AND, OCN; Pinto, Margaret MA, BSN, RN; Jollie, Shelley BSN, RN, CORLN; Blasiak, Elizabeth MSN, RN, OCN; Ercolano, Elizabeth DNSc, OCN; McCorkle, Ruth PhD, FAAN
Dr. McCorkle writes:
Our first choice was to publish this article in CANCER NURSING because of its global circulation. Not all countries have the capabilities to provide comprehensive cancer therapies; however, radiation therapy remains a standard treatment for most. As a result, we want to stress the importance of the nurses’ role in assessing patients’ skin before, during, and after treatment. Helping to maintain the skin’s integrity to limit infection and maximize patient’s comfort will help patients complete their treatment and give them the best chance at eliminating or controlling their cancer.
Existential Anxiety and Growth: An Exploration of Computerized Drawings and Perspectives of Children and Adolescents With Cancer
by Woodgate, Roberta L. PhD; West, Christina H. PhD; Tailor, Ketan Med
Dr. Woodgate writes:
This innovative work is important as it provides evidence that the active engagement of children’s imaginations through the use of a computer-drawing tool may have significant therapeutic value for assisting children with cancer to explore, understand, and manage their physical suffering, as well as the associated anxiety they live with. This work also highlights the importance of nurses engaging in therapeutic conversations with children, as well as the entire family.
Heterogeneous Demographic and Cultural Profiles of Chinese American Patients Nonadherent to Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Latent Class Analysis
by Strong, Carol PhD; Ji, Cheng Shuang PhD; Liang, Wenchi PhD; Ma, Grace PhD; Brown, Roger PhD; Wang, Judy Huei-yu PhD
Dr. Wang writes:
Our empirical findings unveil the fact that many Asian immigrants who have dwelled in the US for over 20 years still face significant challenges in utilizing recommended colorectal cancer screening services. The underutilization results from compounding factors that include individuals’ cultural beliefs, knowledge, linguistic capacity, and social resources (e.g., exposure to healthcare information). The length of US residency is not necessary to induce conceptual and behavioral assimilation into mainstream healthcare. Research on effective health communication with Asian immigrants through community and clinical settings is essential.
Enjoy this current issue of CANCER NURSING!