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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.

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 ( 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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

​​Each issue of CANCER NURSING is unique, with a variety of topics presented by our talented authors.  Our current issue is special in another way; five literature reviews have been published in it!  In honor of this, each of these literature reviews has been marked as free content, available for all to read even without a subscription.  Links to the articles can easily be found below, or through our "Free and Open Access" collection on our main webpage. 

Monday, June 6, 2016
"Implementation of a Psychoeducational Program for Cancer Survivors and Family Caregivers at a Cancer Support Community Affiliate: A Pilot Effectiveness Study"

Dockham, Bonnie LMSW; Schafenacker, Ann MSN, RN; Yoon, Hyojin PhD, RN; Ronis, David L PhD; Kershaw, Trace PhD; Titler, Marita PhD, RN, FAAN; Northouse, Laurel PhD, RN, FAAN

"Although it is important to implement evidence-based programs for cancer survivors and their caregivers in community settings, many barriers exist. The article by Dockham and colleagues illustrates how researchers and clinicians collaborated to successfully implement the FOCUS Program in a Cancer Support Community affiliate. They describe the translational model used, program modifications made, and challenges faced. Through their collaboration, the FOCUS Program was successfully implemented by agency social workers with high fidelity. Survivors and caregivers who participated in the program reported significant improvement in multiple outcomes and high program satisfaction. This article provides an important blueprint for oncology clinicians who want to implement evidenced-based programs in their settings."

— Dr. Laurel Northouse on the paper "Implementation of a Psychoeducational Program for Cancer Survivors and Family Caregivers at a Cancer Support Community Affiliate: A Pilot Effectiveness Study," published in CANCER NURSING Volume 39, Issue 3.   This paper was published as Express Review and was featured on the cover and in the "Editor's Picks" for this issue.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

"Effects of Healing Touch and Relaxation Therapy on Adult Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Feasibility Pilot Study"

Lu, Der-Fa PhD, RN; Hart, Laura K. PhD, RN; Lutgendorf, Susan K. PhD; Oh, Hyunkyoung MSN, RN; Silverman, Margarida MD

"Stem Cell transplant (SCT) is a commonly used treatment for advanced cancers but can result in considerable morbidity.  This randomized prospective study of daily Healing Touch (HT) vs. relaxation for patients undergoing SCT found that both interventions produced improvement in quality of life, mood, and a shorter hospital length of stay (LOS) than a historical usual care (UC) group. Best results were seen with use of HT for allogeneic transplant. HT appears to be a more feasible and better tolerated modality for this vulnerable population and may provide substantial benefits to SCT patients."

— Dr. Der-Fa Lu on the paper "Effects of Healing Touch and Relaxation Therapy on Adult Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant: A Feasibility Pilot Study," published in CANCER NURSING Volume 39, Issue 3.   Dr. Lu's paper is also featured on the cover and in our "Editor's Picks" for this issue.

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