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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The program is essentially all set 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 international 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 has a developed another great program. Make sure you register before May 8, 2017 in order to receive the Early Registration Rate (http://www.isncc.org/page/ICCN2017).  If you miss the Early Registration Rate deadline, make sure that you register by June 5, 2017 before the registration rate increases again!

 

Individual Members of ISNCC receive a $100USD 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.

 

Furthermore, members of ISNCC's Full Members are entitled to a $50 discount on ICCN 2017 registration; however, this discount does not apply to those whom are also Individual Members of ISNCC. Please contact info@isncc.org for more information on this opportunity.

 

Information on ISNCC's new Strategic Plan will be announced at ICCN 2017. A central focus of the new strategic plan will be on cancer nursing leadership.

 

Beyond ICCN, ISNCC is leading a number of exciting initiatives:

  • Eastern Europe Nurses' Centre Of Excellence For Tobacco Control (Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation)
  • Building Capacity of Portuguese Nurses to be Tobacco Control Champions (Pfizer)
  • Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening in Latin America (American Cancer Society)
  • Sustaining Nursing Leadership to Address Cancer Care Disparities (Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation)

 

ISNCC also recently released two new resources related to its policy and advocacy work:

 

We hope to see you in Anaheim for ICCN 2017!


Monday, February 27, 2017

"This article arose from my PhD research where I interviewed 24 women who had been treated for early breast cancer. Although I expected to hear about experiences of hair loss from women who had been through chemotherapy treatments, what was surprising was the way it was discussed by the participants who did not have chemotherapy and consequently did not lose their hair. It seems that hair loss is so heavily associated with cancer treatment that women who kept their hair reported that they sometimes felt that people did not believe them, and sometimes they missed out on practical and social support as a result.

When the article was published online by Cancer Nursing, a press release was issued by the University of Nottingham which generated a lot of international interest. (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2016/april/hair-loss-in-women-with-breast-cancer-can-have-major-implications-on-their-sense-of-identity.aspx)  I was approached by the local BBC news for an interview and they wanted to also feature someone who was currently suffering chemotherapy-induced alopecia. As it happened, my hairdresser (Dawn) was having breast cancer treatment and very generously agreed to be interviewed on camera and share her experiences. The irony of working as a hairdresser whilst suffering hair loss was a powerful message, made even more poignant by Dawn's honest and open account of how her treatment affected her sense of femininity. Her interview has been viewed over 5,000 times on Facebook and attracted numerous supportive messages. (https://www.facebook.com/bbc.emt/videos/1322333427783744/)

Doing the research was important to me as a breast cancer survivor myself. I wanted to highlight the experiences that were shared with me by my participants which may help patients in the future as they deal with the often traumatic ordeal of breast cancer treatment. I am extremely proud that this article has been published by Cancer Nursing because now I know that the message will be spread worldwide and be read by professionals who can make a real difference to cancer patients' lives."

—Dr Diane Trusson on her paper "The Role of Hair Loss in Cancer Identity: Perceptions of Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia Among Women Treated for Early-Stage Breast Cancer or Ductal Carcinoma in Situ," (co-author Alison Pilnick, PhD) published online in CANCER NURSING Volume 40, Issue 2.   The full article is found below and may be viewed with a subscription.


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.