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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, 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.



Thursday, December 10, 2015

ISNCC is excited to announce that the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2016 will be held from September 4-7, 2016 at Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers in Hong Kong, China! ICCN is the longest running international conference for our profession and offers a unique opportunity to meet with over 500 international cancer nursing leaders from around the world, in one place, at one time.


The theme for ICCN 2016 is 'Embracing globalization through leadership and partnership in cancer care'. The ISNCC Conference Management Committee encourages abstracts and session proposals related to this theme.  Abstract submission and conference registration will open soon - stay tuned!


For more information on ICCN 2016, please visit or contact the ISNCC Head Office at or 1-604-630-5516.


We look forward to seeing you in September in Hong Kong!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

We hope that you find the following personal insights valuable as you review these topics from our most recent issues of CANCER NURSING! 



Here are thoughts from an author published in our 38:3 (May/June) issue regarding the article...


Patients' Experiences of Performing Self-care of Stomas in the Initial Postoperative Period


by Lim, Siew Hoon PhD(c), BSc (Nurs)(Honours), RN; Chan, Sally Wai Chi PhD, RN; He, Hong-Gu PhD, MD, RN


Dr. Lim explains:


Stoma care continues to be challenging in current clinical settings. It is known that patients with stoma need to make major physical, psychological and social adaptations post-operatively. Studies have shown that quality of life in most patients has been found to decline in the first month after stoma surgery and only starts to improve from six months onwards. It is thus essential for health care professionals to understand patients’ experiences of performing self-care, especially during the initial post-operative period.



Below are thoughts from authors published in our 38:4 (July/Aug) issue regarding their articles...


Protocol Paper: A Randomized Trial of Two Creams in the Skin Care of Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer in the Tropics


by Heyer, Elizabeth BNSc; Smyth, Wendy PhD; Laffin, Nadine BNSc; Gardner, Anne PhD


Dr. Smyth writes:


This research has provided our future patients with real choices about skin care products to use in a tropical climate, while confirming that a readily available, inexpensive cream is suitable for use. The extent of moist desquamation in our setting, and factors that may increase an individual patient’s likelihood of developing radiation-induced skin reactions, are now known. Clinical nursing practices in the unit have improved as a result of nurses’ active participation in the research process.


Exploring the Cancer Experiences of Young Adults in the Context of Stem Cell Transplantation


by Brassil, Kelly J. PhD, RN; Engebretson, Joan C. DrPh, RN; Armstrong, Terri S. PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN; Segovia, Julie H. DNP, RN; Worth, Laura L. PhD, MD; Summers, Barbara L. PhD, RN, FAAN


Dr. Brassil writes:


Findings from this qualitative study highlight the relational and psychosocial impact of cancer on young adults during stem cell transplant.  Relational magnetism, in which participants felt both drawn to and driven from different relationships, was present in the context of their cancer experience.  This signifies an opportunity to develop interventions promoting relational connection between young adults and their families, peers and significant others during cancer treatment with consideration for their unique phase of psychosocial development.


Below are thoughts from authors published in our 38:5 (Sept/Oct) issue regarding their articles...


Exercise: A Path to Wellness During Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer?


by Husebø, Anne Marie L. MSc, RN; Allan, Helen PhD; Karlsen, Bjørg PhD; Søreide, Jon Arne MD, PhD; Bru, Edvin PhD


Mrs. Husebø explains:


In our study, women with breast cancer shared their perceptions on wellness from exercise during adjuvant chemotherapy. Of remarkable importance, their perceptions included that their psychological wellness secondary to exercise was perceived as superior to the physical wellness that also resulted from exercise, an important fact to be considered by cancer nurses when promoting physical activity as fostering patients’ health and wellness. Although regular exercise improves physical fitness and muscular strength, its effects on women’s emotional and mental health needs to be highlighted as equally important.  



A Qualitative Analysis of “Naturalistic” Conversations in a Peer-Led Online Support Community for Lung Cancer


by Lobchuk, Michelle PhD, RN; McClement, Susan PhD, RN; Rigney, Maureen MSW; Copeland, Amy MPH; Bayrampour, Hamideh PhD, RN


 Dr. Lobchuk writes:

This research highlights for the readers of Cancer Nursing: An International Journal of Cancer Care the importance of the Internet and online support communities for information-seeking, information-giving, and emotional support, especially for patients and families dealing with stigmatized disease like lung cancer.  Our findings challenge notions that empathy can only be experienced in face-to-face encounters; empathy can clearly also be conveyed in monitored, online peer led support communities that promote acceptance, solidarity, bonding, non-victim mentality, and attitudes of non-judgment which all cancer patients and families deserve.   


Below are thoughts from authors published in our 38:6 (Nov/Dec) issue regarding their articles...


A Longitudinal Study of Depressive Symptoms in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer Undergoing Radiotherapy

by Astrup, Guro Lindviksmoen MSc, RN; Rustøen, Tone PhD, RN; Miaskowski, Christine PhD, RN; Paul, Steven M. PhD; Bjordal, Kristin PhD, MD


 Mrs. Astrup writes:

Our findings support previous reports on the high prevalence of depressive symptoms in patients with head and neck cancer. In addition, several predictors were identified that can guide clinicians in identifying patients who are at higher risk of experiencing depressive symptoms. This information can be utilized to mitigate predictors that are modifiable, and to identify patients who need targeted intervention. These measures may in turn lessen depressive symptoms in this patient group.


Resilience and Psychosocial Function Among Mainland Chinese Parents of Children With Cancer: A Cross-sectional Survey


by Ye, Zeng Jie MD; Guan, Hui Jie RN; Wu, Liu Hong RN; Xiao, Min Yi RN; Luo, Dong Mei RN; Quan, Xiao Ming PhD


 Dr. Quan explains:

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, parents may experience considerable emotional distress. This article verifies the level of resilience and other psychosocial outcomes among Chinese parents of children with cancer.  It tests whether or not a high level of resilience among parents indicates better psychological functions.  Identifying potential protective factors in parents could aid in tailoring specific interventions to improve the psychological well-being of parents of children with cancer.  This article enhances our understanding of resilience in parents with cancer children. 


CANCER NURSING subscribers can read these articles in full by clicking the links below.  We thank you for your continued support of our journal! 

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