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.

Monday, January 2, 2017

"Death Anxiety and Quality of Life in Iranian Caregivers of Patients With Cancer"

Mohammad Ali Soleimani, PhD; Rebecca H. Lehto, PhD, RN; Reza Negarandeh, PhD; Nasim Bahrami, PhD(c); Yiong Huak Chan, PhD

"Concerns about death may alienate and negatively impact communication among family members of patients with cancer.  In this descriptive correlational study, death anxiety was related to lower quality of life in Iranian family caregivers. Addressing death-related concerns may improve quality of life and reduce stress associated with adapting to the family caregiver role. As nurses globally care for patients and caregivers from diverse backgrounds, there is heightened need to target support in the cultural context."

—Dr Rebecca Lehto on the paper "Death Anxiety and Quality of Life in Iranian Caregivers of Patients With Cancer," published in CANCER NURSING Volume 40, Issue 1.   This paper was featured on the cover and in the "Editor's Picks" for this issue.  The full article is found below and may be viewed with a subscription.

 


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

​Planning is well underway for the 2017 International Conference on Cancer Nursing at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, California. The dates of ICCN 2017 are July 9-12, 2017. ICCN is the world's premiere meeting for global and key opinion leaders in cancer nursing research and practice. ISNCC is looking forward to returning to the United States for what will certainly be another very productive ICCN. The theme for ICCN 2017 is 'Merging Research and Practice Across the Globe' and the Conference Management Committee is assembling a great program. The abstract submission deadline is January 16th and make sure you register before May 8, 2017 in order to receive the Early Registration Rate http://www.isncc.org/page/ICCN2017.  

Individual Members of ISNCC receive a $100 USD discount to ICCN 2017, as well as many other great benefits such as an electronic subscription to Cancer Nursing. You can join ISNCC or renew your Individual Membership here: http://www.isncc.org/?page=Individual_Nurse.

Please be on the lookout for information on ISNCC's new Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. A central focus of the new strategic plan will be on cancer nursing leadership. Grant funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will help support ISNCC's leadership strategy for the project, "Sustaining Nursing Leadership to Address Cancer Care Disparities".

In December, representatives of ISNCC travelled to Vienna, Austria for the 2016 World Conference on Lung Cancer. ISNCC partnered with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation on a preconference workshop titled, "A comprehensive system of care for lung cancer patients throughout the cancer continuum" and will be moderated by Catharine Grimes of the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. The workshop included a presentation from ISNCC President Stella Bialous, as well as Katharine Sharpe (American Cancer Society), Jamie Studts (University of Kentucky College of Medicine), Lovoria Williams (August University College of Nursing), Nicoleta Mitrea (Hospice Casa Sperentai), Laurie Fention (Lung Cancer Alliance) and Jamie Ostroff (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center). The workshop developed recommendations concerning cancer education, advocacy and community engagement, policy, and research.

Also in Vienna, a project close-out meeting of the Eastern European Centers of Excellence for Tobacco Control project, supported by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, was held. Representatives of each participating country provided updates on their findings and results. Furthermore, the project participants discussed next steps in the project, including publication and analysis of focus group results.

ISNCC is pleased to announce that the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will provide funding for the next phases of the Eastern Europe Nurses' Centre Of Excellence For Tobacco Control project. This project has already led to a number of great outputs and outcomes, and the continued funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will help ensure the continued success of the initiative. This project is carried out in partnership with cancer nursing leaders in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. More information on the project can be found here: http://www.isncc.org/page/coe.

Furthering ISNCC's work in tobacco control, ISNCC has received a grant from Pfizer for the project, "Building Capacity of Portuguese Nurses to be Tobacco Control Champions". This project is in partnership with the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) and the Associação de Enfermagem Oncológica Portuguesa (AEOP).

Finally, through the leadership of cancer nursing leaders in Latin America and the funding of the American Cancer Society, ISNCC will continue support cervical and breast cancer screening initiatives in Latin America. This work builds upon work supported by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

We hope to see you in Anaheim for ICCN 2017!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

​Planning is well underway for the 2017 International Conference on Cancer Nursing at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, California. The dates of ICCN 2017 are July 9-12, 2017. ICCN is the world's premiere meeting for global and key opinion leaders in cancer nursing research and practice. Based on the overwhelming success of the first research-focused ICCN in 2015, ICCN will once again focus on cancer nursing research at ICCN 2017. ISNCC is looking forward to returning to the United States for what will certainly be another very productive ICCN. Information regarding abstract submission, registration and accommodation for ICCN 2017 is available at www.isncc.org.  Attendees that book their accommodations at the Sheraton Park Hotel will be automatically entered into a draw to receive a discounted room rate of $109 USD/night – a savings of $80/night! 

In September at ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong, the ISNCC Board of Directors underwent a strategic planning session. The intent of the session was to facilitate the development of ISNCC's Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. This new strategic plan will help further elucidate ISNCC's role in maximizing the role of nurses to reduce the global burden of cancer. The goal is to have the new strategic plan finalized and communicated to stakeholders by March 2017. Engagement and development of cancer nursing professionals will be a central focus of the new strategic plan.

ISNCC organized two sessions at the 2016 World Cancer Congress, hosted the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), in November in Paris, France. ISNCC President Stella Bialous chaired the session, "Strengthening the oncology nursing workforce in LMICs to address the growing cancer burden" which featured panelists Julia Downing (International Children's Palliative Care Network), Erik van Muilekom (European Oncology Nursing Society) and Winnie So (Asian Oncology Nursing Society). ISNCC also partnered with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation for the session titled, "Building partnerships to meet the UN SDG's health targets: the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's experience" at the congress. This session was chaired by Catharine Grimes of the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation and features the panelists Celina Schocken (Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon – USA), Serafina Mkuwa (MEWATA – Tanzania), Long Fei (Shanghai Xintu - China), Iveta Nohavova (Eastern Europe Centre of Excellence on Nurses and Tobacco Control - Czech Republic) and Nicoleta Mitrea (Hospice Casa Sperantei - Romania).

ISNCC will also partner with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation on a preconference workshop at the 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer, December 4-7, Vienna, Austria. The workshop is titled, "A comprehensive system of care for lung cancer patients throughout the cancer continuum" and will be moderated by Catharine Grimes of the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. ISNCC's President Stella Bialous will also present. Other presenters include Katharine Sharpe (American Cancer Society), Jamie Studts (University of Kentucky College of Medicine), Lovoria Williams (August University College of Nursing), Nicoleta Mitrea (Hospice Casa Sperentai), Laurie Fention (Lung Cancer Alliance) and Jamie Ostroff (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center). The workshop will help develop specific recommendations concerning cancer education, advocacy and community engagement, policy, and research.

Also in Vienna will be a project close-out meeting of the Eastern European Centers of Excellence for Tobacco Control project, supported by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. This meeting will help determine knowledge dissemination strategies and implementation of the project results, as well as potential future projects.

Finally, please remember to renew your ISNCC membership for 2017 at www.isncc.org. Individual members are strongly encouraged to renew their membership with the electronic subscription to Cancer Nursing.


Friday, September 16, 2016

​The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) welcomed nearly 400 participants from 30 countries at the 20th International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN), held September 4 - 7, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Hong Kong, China.

ICCN is the premier event in international cancer nursing – with the top cancer nursing leaders from all over the world in one place at one time. This year ICCN celebrated its 20th Conference – a landmark event within the field of cancer nursing!

The theme of the ICCN 2016 was 'Embracing globalization through leadership and partnership in cancer care' – and included preconference workshops, plenary sessions, oral abstract presentations, corporate symposia, an exhibit hall, and networking receptions. All presented abstracts will be available in an Abstract Supplement in the ISNCC Official Journal, Cancer Nursing, available via a link on the ISNCC website (http://www.isncc.org). Watch for the launch of the November/December issue!

ICCN 2016 featured many fantastic presentations. One highlight was the Robert Tiffany Lectureship and Keynote Address from Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson from Panama presentation, "Building Capacity for Cancer Care, While Facing Global Challenges and Transferring Knowledge." Sanchia Aranda, a Past President of ISNCC and ICCN 2016's Distinguished Merit Award Recipient, provided the fascinating and inspiring presentation, "Reflections Across 4 Decades in Cancer Nursing – A Journey from Human to Population Perspectives." Finally, ISNCC was thrilled to present the ISNCC Past Presidents' Award to Naomi Oyoe Ohene Oti in honor of her leading role of initiating and sustaining a program of cancer care in Ghana.

The ICCN 2016 was planned in partnership with the Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS), Chinese Nurses Association, European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS), Hong Kong Oncology Nursing Group, International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS), and the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC).  The Chinese Nurses Association and the Hong Kong Oncology Nursing Group were the Regional Conference Partners and AONS, EONS, IPOS and MASCC were International Conference Partners.

ISNCC looks forward to continued success with the ICCN 2017, to be held July 9 – 12 at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort in Anaheim, California. Similar to ICCN 2015, ICCN 2017 will be a research-focused conference. We hope to see you there!


Monday, July 11, 2016

The 2016 edition of the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN 2016) will be here very soon. As you know by now ICCN 2016 is taking place at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers in Hong Kong, China from September 4-7, 2016. The registration is tracking very well and is on pace for a record high attendance for an ICCN.  Do not miss out on this excellent opportunity to network with international leaders in oncology nursing.

ISNCC's Conference Management Committee has assembled a fantastic program following the theme 'Embracing globalization through leadership and partnership in cancer care'. The conference features exciting global leaders in oncology nursing in keynote and plenary sessions, as well as informative symposiums, focus groups and tutorial sessions from corporate sponsors.  In addition, the conference program includes educational preconference workshops, the 'Meet Your Mentor' session, and many concurrent abstract sessions for delegates to participate in.  There will also be networking opportunities for delegates to meet with other international oncology nursing professionals. The preliminary program can be viewed here.

Myrna McLaughlin-Anderson will be giving this year's Robert Tiffany Lectureship during the Official Opening & Keynote session at ICCN 2016. Robert Tiffany was an inspiration to many nurses around the world and the intention of the named lecture is to honor those who have a similar capacity to inspire cancer nurses of today and of the future. Myrna is a Senior Advisor in the Panama Ministry of Health and is a leading figure in cancer prevention and control in Panama and Latin America.

Sanchia Aranda will present in the Distinguished Merit Award Session as she is this year's recipient of the award. She is currently the CEO of Cancer Control Australia and President-Elect of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), as well as a Past President of ISNCC. Sanchia has more than 30 years' experience in cancer control as a clinician, researcher, educator and senior healthcare administrator, and is a leading figure in international oncology nursing.

Program and registration information can be found at the ICCN 2016 webpage.  Become a member of ISNCC so that you may save $100 USD on the registration fee.

We hope to see you at ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong!

ISNCC is also very pleased to announce that ICCN 2017 will be held July 9-12, 2017 in Anaheim, California. Start thinking about your plans for next summer for ISNCC and ICCN's return to the United States.

Beyond ICCNs, ISNCC is hosting a cervical cancer workshop in Bogota, Colombia on July 8. This workshop is a continuation of workshops held in Latin America in the Fall of 2015, and builds upon ISNCC's programming in the region funded through grants provided by UICC and the American Cancer Society (ACS). Furthermore, through generous funding from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation ISNCC will be participating in a session at the 2016 World Cancer Congress in October in Paris, France and a preconference workshop at the 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer in December in Vienna, Austria.