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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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Each year, an independent group of reviewers considers original research papers published over the previous year and selects the most outstanding to be granted the CANCER NURSING Research Award.


This year, there was a tie!  Please join us in congratulating our two winners of the 2014 Research Award:


·         Kathleen Ruccione, PhD, MPH, RN, CPON, FAAN for her paper “Adolescents' Psychosocial Health-Related Quality of Life Within 6 Months After Cancer Treatment Completion” published in 36:5 (Sept/Oct 13)


·         Janet H. Van Cleave, PhD, MSN, ACNP-CS, AOCNP for her paper “Symptom Distress in Older Adults Following Cancer Surgery” published in 36:4 (July/Aug 13)


Look for more information on these two talented authors in our next issue, 37:6 (Nov/Dec 14)!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Our current issue, CANCER NURSING 37:5 (Sept/Oct) offers a wide array of topics and valuable insight into oncology.  Here are the personal thoughts of some 37:5 authors regarding their work:


Nurse Moral Distress and Cancer Pain Management: An Ethnography of Oncology Nurses in India

by LeBaron, Virginia PhD, APRN; Beck, Susan L. PhD, APRN; Black, Fraser MD; Palat, Gayatri MBBS


                Dr. LeBaron writes:


                Oncology nurses who practice in lower-income countries face tremendous challenges: a high patient volume where over 70% present with advanced, incurable cancer, lack of basic supplies, devaluation of their work, and complex socio-cultural factors that may stigmatize engagement with patients. Our research at a government cancer hospital in South India underscored the importance of first understanding nurses’ role expectations and the context that defines their work when planning oncology training and support. We found that family members provide significant care and their involvement in pain management should be leveraged and encouraged. 



Predictors of Change in Quality of Life of Family Caregivers of Patients Near the End of Life With Advanced Cancer

                by Leow, Mabel Q. H. BSc Nsg (Honors); Chan, Moon-Fai PhD, CStat; Chan, Sally W. C. PhD


                Ms. Leow writes:


                The article will give you a glimpse of the quality of life (QoL) of caregivers who are providing care for a family member with advanced cancer from an Asian perspective, Singapore. This article affirms previous studies on the impact of social support, spirituality and religion on caregivers’ QoL. Future studies could emphasize on providing support for caregivers, and encouraging open sharings on spiritualiy and religion.



Grief Related to the Experience of Being the Sibling of a Child With Cancer

                by Jenholt Nolbris, Margaretha PhD, RN; Enskär, Karin PhD, RN; Hellström, Anna-Lena PhD, RN


Dr. Jenholt Nolbris writes:


Siblings of a child diagnosed with cancer need time and attention to become more involved in what is happening with the cancer sick child and to themselves as siblings. A sibling reaction to the ill child's diagnosis is grief. The grief can arise right after the diagnosis and continue during and after treatment. This reaction can be diminished if the siblings are informed and talk about their new situation.



Impact of an Incentive-Based Mobility Program, “Motivated and Moving,” on Physiologic and Quality of Life Outcomes in a Stem Cell Transplant Population

                by Brassil, Kelly J. MSN, RN; Szewczyk, Nicholas MSN, RN; Fellman, Bryan MS; Neumann, Joyce MSN, RN; Burgess, Jessica BSN, RN; Urbauer, Diana MS; LoBiondo-Wood, Geri PhD, RN, FAAN


Ms. Brassil writes:


                Stem cell transplantation (SCT) recipients experience profound fatigue and the need for protective isolation may inhibit patients from engaging in physical activity, greatly affecting physiologic and quality of life outcomes.  This study presents a nurse-led innovative program, “Motivated and Moving,” which encourages patient participation in physical activity outside the hospital room through the use of incentives.  We believe this work is important because of its impact on patient outcomes and the example it provides for Cancer Nursing readers and oncology professionals, of the efficacy of highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams in enhancing the quality of care for cancer patients.



We hope you enjoy reading these, and many other, articles from our current issue of CANCER NURSING!

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

Gillian Kocher

                (610) 649-3034



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: 


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

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 with your recommendations.

Our very best to each of you.
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