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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.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) issued a position statement in honor of World Cancer Day 2015.


Taking place under the tagline ‘Not beyond us’, World Cancer Day 2015 will take a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer, highlighting that solutions do exist across the continuum of cancer, and that they are within our reach. 


2015 Campaign Focus


The 2015 campaign will be articulated around four key areas of focus:

  • Choosing healthy lives
  • Delivering early detection
  • Achieving treatment for all
  • Maximising quality of life

Why World Cancer Day is Important


Put simply, because the global cancer epidemic is huge and is set to rise.  Urgent action needs to be taken to raise awareness about the disease and to develop practical strategies to address the cancer burden. 
World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media.



The Role of Cancer Nurses


Nurses play an important role in addressing the health priorities of societies around the world.  See an excerpt of the position statement on the Role of Cancer Nurses from the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) below:


"The growing demand for cancer care, from prevention to palliative care, along with rapidly changing healthcare systems provides opportunities for cancer nurses to play a pivotal and increasingly important role in delivering high quality, safe, effective and efficient healthcare to people affected by, or at risk for, cancer. As the largest group of healthcare providers globally, in most countries around the world nurses are the backbone of the health care delivery system."


Read the full position statement here.



Visit the World Cancer Day website for materials to share and spread the message!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Below are comments from an author published in our current issue, 38:1 (Jan/Feb), regarding her research:


Women With Breast Cancer: Experience of Chemotherapy-Induced Pain: Triangulation of Methods

by Hellerstedt-Börjesson, Susanne RN; Nordin, Karin PhD; Fjällskog, Marie-Louise PhD, MD; Holmström, Inger K. PhD, RN; Arving, Cecilia PhD, RN

Mrs. Hellerstedt-Börjesson writes:

This research highlights improvements needed in cancer care communication and treatment for women related to chemotherapy-induced pain (CHIP) during adjuvant chemotherapy after breast cancer. The impact of CHIP in these women’s daily life is profound as described in the voices of these women in this study. These voices need to be heard by readers of CANCER NURSING and by other health care providers in cancer care.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Below are comments from an author published in our current issue, 37:6 (Nov/Dec), regarding her work:


Supporting Patients During Their Breast Cancer Journey: The Informational Role of Clinical Nurse Specialists

by Droog, Elsa PhD; Armstrong, Claire PhD; MacCurtain, Sarah PhD


Dr. Droog explains:


It is imperative that the role of the clinical nurse specialist [CNS] in oncology care is recognised and supported to fully address breast cancer patients’ care needs. Patients seek information and emotional support as  coping strategies during their breast cancer journey. Findings from a mixed methods study in Ireland confirm that the CNS’s role description in medical oncology is inadequately defined and thus insufficiently staffed to deliver a satisfactory level of patient support. International readers of CANCER NURSING have an opportunity to protect the vital role of the CNS in oncology care by calling for a clarification of the role and thus a provision of adequate CNS staffing to deliver optimal care for patients with breast cancer.


CANCER NURSING subscribers can read Dr. Droog’s article in full by clicking the link below.  We hope you enjoy our current issue!

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!

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