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.
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.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The 2016 edition of the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN 2016) is just around the corner. As you likely know by now ICCN 2016 is taking place at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers in Hong Kong, China from September 4-7, 2016.
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.
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. The early registration rate ends on July 6.
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.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates from ISNCC, including its upcoming cervical cancer workshop in Bogota, Colombia in July.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) will be hosting the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2016 at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers in Hong Kong, China from September 4-7, 2016. The theme for ICCN 2016 is 'Embracing globalization through leadership and partnership in cancer care'.
ICCN is the longest running international conference for our profession and offers a unique opportunity to meet with international cancer nursing leaders from around the world, in one place, at one time. ISNCC invites all oncology nursing professionals to join their colleagues at this exciting event!
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.
Program and registration information can be found at the ICCN 2016 webpage. Become an ISNCC member and register before the early registration deadline of July 6 to save on registration fees! Please visit the ICCN 2016 webpage for conference details.
We hope to see you at ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong!
Beyond ICCN, ISNCC provides oncology nursing education projects and programs through generous support from its corporate and non-profit partners. These initiatives are used to develop resources for ISNCC members. Please stay tuned for updates on exciting ISNCC initiatives in Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
We hope you are thoroughly enjoying our current issue! We are so happy to share with you thoughts from our authors regarding their valuable contributions to cancer nursing research. As always, links to their articles can be found below!
"Families were especially important to survivors and their centrality went beyond the resources, structure, and support for physical, neurocognitive, emotional, and social functioning. That is, especially for the most affected, their families provided the recognition that they were important beings and their existence mattered to someone. Advocacy for appropriate support is urgently needed to support the HRQOL for survivors and for their families, as well as comprehensive cancer survivorship care."
-Dr. Janet Deatrick and co-author Ms. Wendy Hobbie on their paper "Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumors: Life After Treatment in Their Own Words," published in CANCER NURSING Volume 39, Issue 2.
"Radiation treatment for gynaecological cancer is distressing. Nurse-led interventions can address the psychosocial needs of patients, yet there are no examples of how to develop such programs for women with gynaecological cancer. This paper describes the development and pilot testing of an evidence-based, innovative nurse-led intervention with telephone peer support. Readers of Cancer Nursing who are seeking to develop their own novel support programs for oncology patients will find this article an essential read."
-Ms. Rebecca Bergin, co-author of the paper "Developing an Evidence-Based, Nurse-Led Psychoeducational Intervention With Peer Support in Gynecologic Oncology," published in CANCER NURSING Volume 39, Issue 2.
Our best wishes to all of you!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
“If we are successful in treating the disease, but threaten the integrity of the family unit what have we accomplished? The family caregiver is the glue holding the family together, and nurses are most often seen by these individuals as their ally, a safe person who can be counted on to provide support and needed information. Therefore, assessment of caregivers’ adaptation to the stress they are confronting is a crucial dimension of nursing care.”
-Dr. Diane Von Ah on the paper “The Caregiver's Role Across the Bone Marrow Transplantation Trajectory,” published in CANCER NURSING Volume 39, Issue 1.