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 (http://www.isncc.org). 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!