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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, December 20, 2016

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) – CANCER NURSING January/February 2017 (40:1) blog update

​Planning is well underway for the 2017 International Conference on Cancer Nursing at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, California. The dates of ICCN 2017 are July 9-12, 2017. ICCN is the world's premiere meeting for global and key opinion leaders in cancer nursing research and practice. ISNCC is looking forward to returning to the United States for what will certainly be another very productive ICCN. The theme for ICCN 2017 is 'Merging Research and Practice Across the Globe' and the Conference Management Committee is assembling a great program. The abstract submission deadline is January 16th and make sure you register before May 8, 2017 in order to receive the Early Registration Rate  

Individual Members of ISNCC receive a $100 USD discount to ICCN 2017, as well as many other great benefits such as an electronic subscription to Cancer Nursing. You can join ISNCC or renew your Individual Membership here:

Please be on the lookout for information on ISNCC's new Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. A central focus of the new strategic plan will be on cancer nursing leadership. Grant funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will help support ISNCC's leadership strategy for the project, "Sustaining Nursing Leadership to Address Cancer Care Disparities".

In December, representatives of ISNCC travelled to Vienna, Austria for the 2016 World Conference on Lung Cancer. ISNCC partnered with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation on a preconference workshop titled, "A comprehensive system of care for lung cancer patients throughout the cancer continuum" and will be moderated by Catharine Grimes of the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. The workshop included a presentation from ISNCC President Stella Bialous, as well as Katharine Sharpe (American Cancer Society), Jamie Studts (University of Kentucky College of Medicine), Lovoria Williams (August University College of Nursing), Nicoleta Mitrea (Hospice Casa Sperentai), Laurie Fention (Lung Cancer Alliance) and Jamie Ostroff (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center). The workshop developed recommendations concerning cancer education, advocacy and community engagement, policy, and research.

Also in Vienna, a project close-out meeting of the Eastern European Centers of Excellence for Tobacco Control project, supported by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, was held. Representatives of each participating country provided updates on their findings and results. Furthermore, the project participants discussed next steps in the project, including publication and analysis of focus group results.

ISNCC is pleased to announce that the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will provide funding for the next phases of the Eastern Europe Nurses' Centre Of Excellence For Tobacco Control project. This project has already led to a number of great outputs and outcomes, and the continued funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will help ensure the continued success of the initiative. This project is carried out in partnership with cancer nursing leaders in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. More information on the project can be found here:

Furthering ISNCC's work in tobacco control, ISNCC has received a grant from Pfizer for the project, "Building Capacity of Portuguese Nurses to be Tobacco Control Champions". This project is in partnership with the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) and the Associação de Enfermagem Oncológica Portuguesa (AEOP).

Finally, through the leadership of cancer nursing leaders in Latin America and the funding of the American Cancer Society, ISNCC will continue support cervical and breast cancer screening initiatives in Latin America. This work builds upon work supported by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

We hope to see you in Anaheim for ICCN 2017!