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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.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

ISNCC News January 2020

In 2020, the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, ISNCC is proud to be hosting the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) in London, UK ( As always, the program provides a unique opportunity to share our experiences, knowledge and research. Given the particular significance of 2020 for nurses, this year’s conference will be especially important as we acknowledge the history of ISNCC and deliver a Call to Action to ensure the contribution of nurses to cancer care and control is strengthened in the context of the growing burden of cancer across the world.

As part of the 2020 conference, we will also honour the extraordinary work of three nurses who have made a major difference to cancer care. ISNCC is pleased to announce the recipients of its most prestigious awards.   Professor Theresa Wiseman, Strategic Lead for Applied Health Research at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Applied Health Research in Cancer Care at the University of Southampton has been awarded ISNCC’s Distinguished Merit Award. This award is offered once every two years in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the international advancement of the science and art of cancer nursing. Theresa received the award in recognition of her leadership, education and research that has significantly advanced the practice of cancer nursing and the development of cancer nurses. Her work has ensured better outcomes for people affected by cancer across many settings. Dr Lena Sharp, Head of the Regional Cancer Centre, Stockholm-Gotland, in Sweden, has been awarded the prestigious Robert Tiffany Lectureship. This lectureship was created to honour the memory of Robert Tiffany, founding member and President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.  Robert Tiffany was an inspiration to many nurses around the world and the intention of the named lecture is to honour those who have a similar capacity to inspire cancer nurses of today and of the future. Dr Sharp is an outstanding nominee for this award, as a professional nurse who in her long career has inspired many nurses both in Sweden and internationally through her roles as an academic supervisor, colleague, leader/manager, and President of the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS). ISNCC’s Past President’s award is especially important to the mission of ISNCC, as it is given in recognition of a cancer nurse from a low or middle income country who has initiated and sustained a program of cancer care in her/his country.  The program must have been in place for three or more years and have the potential for replication or adaptation beyond the country’s borders.  This year, Mr David Makumi Kinyanjui, Vice Chair of the Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance of Kenya, is the recipient of this award. David has made significant and unique contributions to shaping cancer nursing in Kenya and the region in his more than 15 years of cancer nursing in clinical practice, policy, and advocacy. He has held dual and unique roles, serving as the chair of the national umbrella body of over 30 cancer associations and patient groups (Kenya Network of Cancer Organizations) until July 2019, as well as being a founding patron of the Oncology Nurses Chapter Kenya.

ISNCC continues to be engaged in a range of initiatives to achieve our mission. We have continued to manage an active portfolio of projects, such as the Eastern European Center of Excellence in Nurses and Tobacco Control and the Cervical & Breast Cancer Screening in Latin America. We continue to build a strong collaboration with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) where we jointly led a project funded by BMS Foundation to develop nurse leadership in cancer control across the world in 2019. We are also working with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) on World Cancer Day 2020 and the City Cancer Challenge initiatives (C/CAN 2025).

ISNCC is also pleased to announce new initiatives designed to improve the exchange of knowledge about cancer nursing. The ISNCC Editorial Assistance Program (EAP) is a new program that aims to mobilise volunteers to provide editorial support to authors from a non-English speaking background in preparation of their manuscript towards submission to a peer-reviewed journal. This initiative forms part of ISNCC’s efforts to enhance knowledge dissemination at a global level. ISNCC is accepting applications from prospective nurse authors for the initial pilot trial of the program in 2020. Prospective authors need to have a manuscript related to cancer control currently in progress. Please go to the ISNCC Website for further information (