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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.

Monday, January 24, 2022

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Monday, December 27, 2021

​Cognitive Dysfunction in Older Breast Cancer Survivors: An Integrative Review

Crouch, Adele PhD, RN; Champion, Victoria PhD, RN, FAAN; Von Ah, Diane PhD, RN, FAAN

"From my clinical and previous research experiences, I knew cognitive issues were a concern for many breast cancer survivors. Those concerns can range from increased forgetfulness, trouble paying attention, and/or difficulty thinking of words (word-finding). In addition, from my studies in my adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist program, my doctoral minor studies in interdisciplinary gerontology, and my clinical experiences I knew cognitive issues were also a common concern among many older adults. These observations lead me to seek out studies from the literature regarding cognitive concerns among older breast cancer survivors specifically. From this search, I discovered most of the research regarding cognition and breast cancer thus far has focused on younger or all-age breast cancer survivors.

The studies and evidence we currently have in older breast cancer survivors are limited. As we found in this integrative review, most of the studies to date have been mostly focused on the more immediate cognitive concerns during and directly following diagnosis and treatment. However, due to our rapidly aging society and advances in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer the majority of breast cancer survivors are 60 years of age and older, and many breast cancer survivors are expected to live longer after diagnosis and treatment. 

This review highlighted a gap in our currently limited evidence regarding the more long-term dysfunction of older breast cancer survivors. A main takeaway from this review is the necessity of a comprehensive geriatric assessment for older breast cancer survivors that includes questions regarding cognitive concerns. Healthcare providers, especially cancer nurses, play an important role in assessing, discussing, and identifying cognitive concerns in older breast cancer survivors."


--Corresponding author Dr Adele Crouch speaks on her paper, " Cognitive Dysfunction in Older Breast Cancer Survivors: An Integrative Review," published in CANCER NURSING Volume 45, Issue 1.  The article may be viewed below without a subscription.



Approximately 60% of the more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors (BCSs) living in the United States are 60 years or older. Breast cancer survivors experience many symptoms including cognitive dysfunction; however, little is known regarding how age affects these symptoms.


This integrative review was conducted to synthesize the literature on cognitive dysfunction in older BCSs. The purpose was to (1) describe the prevalence of objective and subjective cognitive dysfunctions and (2) examine factors associated with cognitive dysfunction in older BCSs.


Whittemore and Knafl's integrative review methodology was used to examine cognitive dysfunction in BCSs 60 years or older.


Twelve quantitative studies were included. Up to 41% of older BCSs experienced cognitive dysfunction on neuropsychological examination, and up to 64% reported cognitive dysfunction on subjective measures pretreatment. Approximately half of older BCSs experienced cognitive decline from pretreatment to posttreatment regardless of cognitive measure. The domains most impacted were memory, executive functioning, and processing speed. Objective and subjective cognitive dysfunctions were associated with age, comorbidities, chemotherapy receipt, sleep, neuropsychological symptom cluster, frailty, and quality of life.


Cognitive dysfunction among older BCSs was common both prior to and following treatment. Cognitive dysfunction was associated with multiple factors that are compounded in the aging population and could be detrimental to quality of life and independent living.

Implications to Practice 

Early assessment and intervention by healthcare providers, including nurses, for cognitive dysfunction in older BCSs are essential. Future research should focus on evidence-based interventions for cognitive dysfunction incorporating the unique needs of older BCSs.

Friday, October 15, 2021

It is with very special professional and personal pleasure that we announce to you our newly expanded Editorial Boards for CANCER NURSING and our online access journal, Cancer Care Research Online (CCRO).

The members of the Boards represent diverse disciplines, including important but varied areas of expertise in cancer care and cancer research, and hail from quite different parts of our global community. We celebrate each of these unique and remarkable attributes.

Our newest members are:

Cristina García-Vivar, PhD - Spain.
Senior Associate Professor, Associate Director of the Department of Health Sciences and Nursing Coordinator of International Affairs at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Public University of Navarra, Spain. Fellow Ad Eundem of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, RCSI, Dublin.
Dr. García-Vivar's research focuses on promoting the health of families living with cancer and chronic illness, particularly the experience of cancer survivorship, and improving knowledge translation of family system nursing practice. She is also interested in promoting efficient and holistic nursing care for cancer patients and their families in Primary Health Care.

Cannas Kwok, PhD - Australia.
Dr. Kwok is currently the Director of Academic Program (Postgraduate) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University, Australia. Dr. Kwok's research interests include cancer screening behaviors and cancer survivorship among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups in Australia. In particular, she has focused on breast cancer screening promotion programs including in immigrant women.

Chinomso Nwozichi, RN, RM, RPHN, BNSc, MScN, PhD Nursing, FRSPH - Nigeria.
Dr. Nwozichi is currently the program coordinator, lecturer and researcher in the Department of Adult Health Nursing, Babcock University School of Nursing, Nigeria. His areas of scholarship include theory development, culture and care in oncology, the effects of cancer care on oncology nurses and educational interventions.

In additional exciting news, one Board member, Dr. Julia Challinor, will be taking on the new role of Associate Editor starting this month.

We take this moment to also share our deepest appreciation of Dr. Roberta (Bobby) Woodgate for her valuable contributions over the past several years as a member of the Editorial Boards. She will be retiring from the Boards and we shall miss her insights, but we wish her our very best in all her continued professional and personal endeavors.

Each of our talented members strengthen our journals and the impact we together have on the cancer nursing community at large. Please join us in congratulating our newest Board members!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The ISNCC is excited to announce the International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2022 (ICCN2022) to be held virtually from February 23 through February 25, 2022. The conference will include plenaries, instructional sessions, at least one educational workshop, and industry-supported educational sessions. A virtual library of oral and poster abstracts will also be included.

Theme and Objectives

The conference theme is “Building Sustainability & Resilience: Global Perspectives on Cancer Nursing,” with the following objectives:

1.     Define the evolving challenges facing oncology nurses as they provide care across diverse cultures

2.     Examine the emerging evidence demonstrating the impact of cancer nursing on equitable cancer control worldwide

3.     Describe innovative approaches to nursing education, practice, research, and policy

4.     Evaluate the current status, barriers and solutions of the health sector’s impact on the environment

5.     Identify the influence oncology nursing practices have on the global burden of cancer

ICCN2022 Website

The ICCN2022 website,, is currently under development and will be available in early to mid-October. An announcement will be sent once it is available.

Abstract/Instructional Sessions

The abstract submission process will begin in mid-October and remain open for approximately 6 weeks, ending in early December. Oral and poster abstract submissions will be accepted for the virtual library and instructional session abstracts for the virtual conference.

Abstract Categories

  • Administration/Management/Leadership
  • Advanced Practice
  • Education
  • General Practice
  • Health Policy & Advocacy
  • Research

Abstract Topics

  • Cancer across the Lifespan
  • Cancer Continuum
  • Disparities/Equity/Culture
  • Environmental Issues
  • Family & Caregivers
  • Health Care Crises
  • Health Systems/Models of Care/Workforce
  • Innovations in Practice, Education & Technology
  • Palliative Care
  • Professional Issues
  • Psychosocial/QOL
  • Research Issues/ Methods
  • Survivorship
  • Symptom Management

Watch your email for more details as we launch the website and announce the call for abstract submissions! 

We look forward to welcoming you to ICCN2022!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

​Dear ISNCC Members, Global Citizens and Colleagues,

The ISNCC and CANCER NURSING: An International Journal for Cancer Care Research have launched a global partnership project - the Editorial Assistance Program. This program is an outcome of a pilot program that was undertaken in 2019-2020. We thank the Volunteer Language Advisors and the authors who participated in the pilot project. With the learnings from the pilot program, the Editorial Assistance Program will overcome previously identified, implementation challenges. We are now calling for expressions of interest from ISNCC Members, Global Citizens and Colleagues to become Volunteer Language Advisors.


The purpose of the program is to provide English-language editorial support to nurse authors with a non-English speaking background who are submitting manuscripts for publication in Cancer Nursing.


The goals of the program are to:

  1. Facilitate knowledge dissemination from nurses in countries where publishing in English is a barrier
  2. Increase contributions from nurses across the global community to literature related to cancer control

Criteria for Volunteer Language Advisors

  1. Be proficient in the English language
  2. Have published at least 5 papers in peer-reviewed English journals
  3. Be committed to provide English language editorial support to prospective nurse authors from a non-English speaking background
  4. Be committed to provide support for at least 1-2 manuscripts over the calendar year of 2022
  5. Be committed to attend a virtual orientation program (also available as a video recording for watching at a time convenient to you)

How to express interest

Please complete the expression of interest form prior to September 17, 2021.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Ray Chan and Dr Jeannie Erickson, ISNCC Knowledge Development and Dissemination Committee

Dr Pam Hinds, Dr Winnie So and Amy Bedinger Miller, CANCER NURSING: An International Journal for Cancer Care Research