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.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

To our peer reviewers, we thank each of you for your essential role as reviewers for CANCER NURSING: An International Journal of Cancer Care. Your scholarly contributions in the form of reviews are the true backbone of high-quality science in a trustworthy form. Your expertise and commitment to furthering cancer nursing knowledge and research makes CANCER NURSING one of the premier journals in this field. We had the privilege of learning from 176 individual reviewers during 2017, and we look forward to adding to that number during 2018. Thank you all!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Exercise as an Intervention to Mitigate Decreased Cognitive Function From Cancer and Cancer Treatment: An Integrative Review

Myers, Jamie S. PhD; Erickson, Kirk I. PhD; Sereika, Susan M. PhD; Bender, Catherine M. PhD

Dr. Myers: "Our authorship and research team members all are conducting research to advance the state of the knowledge about the use of exercise as an intervention for cancer and cancer therapy-related cognitive impairment. This integrative review process was very valuable to us as we were able to identify the current state of the evidence and outline the important remaining questions to be answered to be able to recommend various forms of exercise as standard of care interventions in this patient population.

At the University of Kansas Medical Center, we currently are conducting a randomized, wait-list controlled trial to investigate three interventions for cancer and cancer treatment-related cognitive impairment. Women with stage I-III breast cancer who are within 2 months to 5 years of completing chemotherapy are randomized to one of the three intervention groups. The interventions include Qigong, Gentle Exercise, and Support Group. The groups meet weekly for 8 one hour sessions. We are collecting data on subjective and objective cognitive function at baseline, end of intervention, and one month later. This study is funded through an unrestricted grant from the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation and the Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing. Additionally, we are preparing to collaborate with Hiroshima University Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences to investigate a novel exercise intervention for breast cancer survivors with complaints of cognitive dysfunction."

Dr. Bender:  "At the University of Pittsburgh, we previously reported that postmenopausal women with early stage breast cancer have poorer working memory and concentration with adjuvant therapy (aromatase inhibitor +/- chemotherapy) and that, compared to age and education-matched controls, women with breast cancer have poorer executive function prior to and during adjuvant therapy. Our team also has documented improvements in executive function and working memory with moderate-intensity aerobic exercise in healthy older adults. Based upon this previous work, we launched the Exercise Program in Cancer and cognition (EPICC) Study. Funded by the national Cancer Institute (R01 CA196762), EPICC is a randomized control trial to examine whether a well-controlled and monitored, site-based, moderate-intensity aerobic exercise intervention, initiated before beginning aromatase inhibitor therapy, improves cognitive function in postmenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer. We also will explore whether neuroimaging metrics of brain health (fMRI), pro-inflammatory biomarkers and symptoms (fatigue, sleep problems, depression, anxiety) mediate the effects of exercise on cognitive function."

---Drs. Myers and Bender on their paper,"Exercise as an Intervention to Mitigate Decreased Cognitive Function From Cancer and Cancer Treatment: An Integrative Review," published ahead-of-print on the CANCER NURSING Web site.  The full article may be viewed with a subscription.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Symptom Management and Psychosocial Needs of Adults With Acute Myeloid Leukemia During Induction Treatment: A Pilot Study

Albrecht, Tara A. PhD, ACNP-BC, RN; Boyiadzis, Michael MD, MHSc; Elswick, R.K. Jr PhD; Starkweather, Angela PhD, ACNP-BC, CNRN, FAAN; Rosenzweig, Margaret PhD, FNP-C, AOCNP, FAAN


"As a nurse practicing on the inpatient hematology/oncology unit many years ago, I was regularly inspired by the strength of patients who were undergoing treatment for acute leukemia.  I witnessed these patients travel treatment roads that were rocky both physically and emotionally.  This is the patient population that inspired me to go back to school and pursue a PhD.  As I began my study, I noted that the participants in this study were quite similar to the patients I remember caring for many years before.  This study is novel in that it details the longitudinal journey of individuals undergoing induction treatment for acute myeloid leukemia, showing there is a high degree of symptom burden across the treatment trajectory.  I was concerned that recruitment may be challenging in this study as these patients are typically quite sick.  However, the participants wanted to not only enroll in the study but to continue to provide their data even when they were not feeling great.  Their commitment and desire to provide data even at such a difficult time in their life was quite moving and illustrated how important it was for me to detail their journey.  I am currently using the knowledge gained from this study to develop and test personalized psychosocial interventions that may better support this patient population during their treatment." 


-- Dr. Tara Albrecht on her paper "Symptom Management and Psychosocial Needs of Adults With Acute Myeloid Leukemia During Induction Treatment: A Pilot Study," published online in our current issue, CANCER NURSING Volume 40, Issue 6.  The full article may be viewed with a subscription.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) remains very active leading a number of exciting initiatives.

ISNCC's 2017-2021 Strategic Plan is now available. In this Strategic Plan ISNCC has further refined its vision and mission and set out four strategic directions that position ISNCC as the center of an international network of cancer nursing leadership.

ISNCC Board of Directors is seeking nominations to the Board of Directors. The following Board portfolio positions will be open for nomination and election:

The terms for these positions on the Board of Directors will begin on July 1, 2018. Please visit for more information on the Board of Director nominations.

The ISNCC Conference Management Committee is already hard at work planning the program for ICCN 2018, which will be held September 23-26 in Auckland, New Zealand. All of the relevant information for ICCN 2018 can be found here:

ISNCC is currently managing a portfolio of international collaborative nursing capacity building projects. These projects are led by the local nurses in the region in partnership with ISNCC and other partners. These projects are critical to the vision and mission of ISNCC. Here is the list of active projects:

  • Eastern Europe Nurses' Centre Of Excellence For Tobacco Control (Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation)
  • Building Capacity of Portuguese Nurses to be Tobacco Control Champions (Pfizer)
  • Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening in Latin America (American Cancer Society)
  • Sustaining Nursing Leadership to Address Cancer Care Disparities (Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation)

Information on a new international collaborative nurse capacity building project will be available in the coming months.

ISNCC hosts a number of resources on its website that are freely available, such as the educational resources on ISNCC Insight. Similarly, ISNCC produces Position Statements that are free for all to use, endorse, adopt and disseminate as needed. Another important resource on the ISNCC website it the National Organization Guidance Document as it provides guidance for the creation of a national cancer nursing society. This is a particularly important resource for those nurses in countries that do not yet have a national cancer nursing society.

As always, ISNCC encourages submissions to its blog International Cancer Nursing News. The blog is a great platform to share experience and insights of cancer nursing professionals from all over the world. Finally, please make sure you are signed up for the ISNCC newsflash in order to ensure you are up to date on all the latest news from ISNCC.

See you in September in Auckland for ICCN 2018!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Each manuscript submitted to CANCER NURSING: An International Journal of Cancer Care is immediately and automatically processed by a software program that yields similarity coefficients with previously published works. High similarity coefficients result in a letter from the editor noting this similarity to the authors and an invitation to address the similarity results and to then resubmit the manuscript to the journal. Higher coefficients are anticipated for systematic/literature reviews.  We have had manuscripts with coefficients of concern of up to 100%. Some authors who are publishing multiple papers from the same data set find the request to review and possibly reword their submitted work for language that could be duplicative of or highly similar to their previously published works to be unnecessary or even offensive.

What are your thoughts about the use of this kind of software? What are your recommendations for an efficient use of authors’ time in addressing similarity coefficients?