In mid-February, I attended and presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) in Orlando, FL. Attendees were an interprofessional group of 400+ physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other providers interested in the psychosocial care of patients with cancer – from 44 states and 33 countries.
The theme of the conference was, “Across the Lifespan: Achieving Equity in Psychosocial Oncology from Pediatrics to Geriatrics,” and the conference was organized into pediatric/adolescent and young adult (AYA), adult, and geriatric sessions and tracks.
Some highlights of what I heard discussed at the conference:
- In the opening plenary session, Dr. Steve Cole explained “how the brain talks to cancer” through neural regulation, discussing how psychosocial interventions with patients might change the molecular genetics of tumor cells.
- The term ‘metavivorship’ was used when describing the unique life experiences of young women with metastatic breast cancer.
- Providers need to be aware of how care delivery changes when a patient turns 18 years old (legal age) during cancer treatment.
- Some geriatric patients with cancer demonstrate physical resilience and may also psychologically cope better than younger patients.
- The Pediatric Psychosocial Standards of Care, published in Dec 2015, are in the process of being endorsed by multiple professional groups and are beginning to be implemented in pediatric care settings across the country.
- In one pilot study, the Internet was used to recruit young adults with advanced cancer for participation in a study that delivered a gratitude intervention.
- The treatment of severe anxiety, depression, and delirium in children with complex medical disorders is limited because of the adverse effects of many psycho-pharmacologic agents.
- In the closing plenary session, Dr. Steve Bonanno shared evidence from multiple studies using latent growth mixture modeling analyses that roughly two thirds of us show a resilient response after a diversity of aversive circumstances, such as trauma, divorce, a heart attack, stroke, or a cancer diagnosis.
Jeanne M. Erickson, PhD, RN, AOCN
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Photo (from left to right):
Lauri Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON
Jeanne Erickson, PhD, RN, AOCN
Nancy Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN
Kristin Stegenga, PhD, RN, CPON
The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) is proud to announce our partnership and collaboration with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) on the C/CAN 2025: City Cancer Challenge. The C/CAN 2025: City Cancer Challenge is a multi-sectorial challenge which is being led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). The initiative will support cities to lead on cancer solutions. This will include engagement in the design, planning and treatment solutions. The cities will lead on improving the health of their citizens and reduce inequalities in access to quality cancer care. The challenge addresses the need to ensure that functional, comprehensive cancer solutions are available for the majority of the world’s population.
In 2015, a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) were adopted by 193 Member States of the United Nations with the aim of achieving 17 health, economic, social and environmental objectives. The C/CAN 2025 aims to contribute to three SDG’s.
- SDG 3: ‘Good Health and Well Being’- Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- SDG 11: ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
- SDG 17: ‘Partnerships for the Goals’- Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
A formal launch of the C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge has been held at the World Economic Forum in Davos on the 17th January 2017 followed by a public launch on the 2-3 February in Geneva, Switzerland prior to World Cancer Day.
The initial key learning cities have been announced:
- Yangon, Myanmar
- Cali, Columbia
- Asunción, Paraguay
The ISNCC will collaborate with the UICC and the cities to provide expert nursing and cancer nursing advice and development. Andrew Dimech Chair of the Member Development Committee is the ISNCC representative at UICC who will continue to ensure nursing and cancer is an integral component of the challenge. Andrew also has recently contributed as a member of the World Cancer Day Advisory Group.
Further information about the C/Can 2025 can be found on the following link: http://www.uicc.org/convening/c-can2025-city-cancer-challenge
Further info ration regarding the SDG’s can be found: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
The 2nd National Academic Conference in Oncology Nursing —International Forum in Oncology Nursing was held on March 9-12, 2017, in Fu Zhou, Fujian Province, China.
The conference is run every two years by the Chinese Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) of Chinese Anti-Cancer Association (CACA). CACA was founded in 1984, which is the only one national association in oncology in mainland China. CANO, which is under the CACA, was established on March 19th 2015. CACA has always been working on leading the national nursing community in cancer control toward transforming cancer care so as to provide cancer patients with high quality and science-based nursing care.
Professor Patsy Yates, Professor Brenda Nevidjon and Professor Winnie So, representing ISNCC, ONS and AONS respectively, participated in the conference and delivered their excellent keynote speeches. They highlighted recent advances in oncology and their implications for oncology nursing, which are globally hot topics.
Prof. Yates, who is from ISNCC, brought the participants the scientific and technological advances in oncology over the past few decades. Her presentation leads the audiences to think about what these advances imply for oncology nursing. Precision Medicine has been applied in cancer treatment in many countries as well as in mainland China. Prof. Nevidjon was invited to give her presentation entitled “Oncology Nurses-Innovating Precision Care in a Changing Treatment Environment” at the conference. In her presentation, she gave a clear introduction about the concepts of Precision Medicine and Precision nursing care indicating that oncology nurses are supposed to be well prepared to meet the challenges in the changing treatment environment. AONS is a leading organization of oncology nursing in Asian area. Prof. Winnie So representing the organization delivered a speech named “The Development of a New Perspective of Cancer Nursing through Partnership and Collaboration in Asia” in which she highlighted the priority of collaboration in Asian countries about oncology nursing.
During the conference, Prof. Qiang Wan-min, the President of CACA-CANO and Chair of the conference, discussed with the three leaders representing international, regional and national oncology nursing organizations in regard to member development, nursing training and academic exchanges between CACA-CANO and the three organizations.
The conference provides a great opportunity and brings oncology nurses in and out of China together to exchange knowledge and valuable clinical experience as well as meet and make friends there. Compared with the oncology nursing in some high resource countries, there is still much space for Chinese oncology nursing to improve. Therefore, CACA-CANO also takes this chance to make a good start to further cooperate with these organizations in order to push forward the development of education and research in oncology nursing in mainland China.
The leadership of CACA-CANO is confident that in the near future, the oncology nursing in China will be much developed to be in line with the international standards and fulfill CACA-CANO’s goal— delivering excellent nursing care to cancer patients and cancer survivors so as to improve the quality of their lives.
Let us start from where we are!
Photo: From left to right, Qian Wan-min, President of CACA-CANO; Patsy Yates, ISNCC President Elect; Brenda Nevidjon, CEO of ONS; and Winnie So, President of AONS.
Authors: Yong-yi Chen
Affiliations: International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
The 2nd National academic conference on oncology nursing & 2017 international forum on cancer care was held in Fuzhou city of China from March 9-12, 2017. The conference theme was ‘Forging the Academic Power of Oncology Nursing Exceed Professional Dream’. Approximately 600 participants actively involved in this academic event.
Dr. Patsy Yates, the President Elect of ISNCC, was invited as the plenary speaker. She highlighted her presentation on the recent advances in oncology: the implications for nurses. By literature review, the implications were focus on four parts which are as follows.
- Treat cancer as chronic disease.
- The support for the comorbidity diseases and frail patients.
- Provide personalized symptom management.
- Share the experience of coordination nursing.
Dr. Patsy shared her views by illustrating the different of age-related symptom clusters, self-management of CINV, trends of personalized nursing, strategies of realizing coordination nursing, etc. on. She stressed the importance of comprehensive assessment and supportive care for cancer patients. The comorbidity diseases, as well as frail patients such as geriatric cancer patients should been paid more attention to.
The speech of Dr. Patsy really provided beneficial guidance for clinical practice, helped us to identify the areas for improvement of our daily work, offered direction for further cancer nursing research.
In order to enhance ISNCC’s communications with cancer nurses in China and promote the image of ISNCC. I prepared a exhibition board of ISNCC at the entrance of conference venue. The aim is to encourage more delegates to pay attention to our society, log on our official website to obtain progress, information and resources of ISNCC. I believe based on unremitting efforts, mutual recognition and effective communications, the influence of ISNCC will be further expanded in China. More cancer nurses in China will share their knowledge and experience by the online platform of ISNCC, such as blog. They will be more involved in the strategies to reduce the global burden of cancer and strive for the better care to cancer patients.
Dr. Patsy Yates at the conference
Exhibition board of ISNCC
Author: Yue Wang, Postgraduate Student, Oncology Nursing
Affiliation: Xijing Hospital of the Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an,Shaanxi Province, China
Firstly, I want to give my great thanks to the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care for providing me with conference scholarship to attend this fabulous ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong. There are diverse topics, advanced theory and interesting researches in this conference. It was really an unforgettable event in my life because it broadened my horizon, empowered me to grow professionally, and enabled me to build partnerships for further collaborations.
Thanks to my supervisor, Pro. Jufang FU, for encouraging me to attend this conference and many thanks to John for giving me sincere help before the conference. Also, greatly thank Dr. Winnie So for organizing the tour to Chinese University of Hong Kong, so that we would have the opportunity to learn about the history and academic environment of CUHK.
I have learnt the new progress of oncology nursing all over the world. During the preconference workshop, I saw the situation of survivorship care plan (SCP) in Japan, England, and Australia, which still needs to be developed in mainland of China. Also, I got the essence of publishing paper, including creative thinking, countless hours in the library, persistence, writing and re-writing. What impressed me most was the poster exhibition, where I have learnt some new interventions and techniques on cancer nursing, such as a theory-based hope intervention for cancer caregivers and an application program for instructional material regarding to chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. I also deeply felt the importance of Chinese traditional culture in Hong Kong in the opening and closing ceremony.
I still remember what Dr. Stella, ISNCC President, said in the closing ceremony, “We are all nurses and we all do the same thing—caring for cancer patients!” I was always inspired by this simple sentence that we must stick to the mission of oncology nurses wherever we are and whatever position we possess. And I shared it with my colleagues.
When I came back to Xi’an, I shared my experience in ICCN 2016, some information of ISNCC and ICCN 2017 with nurses specialized in cancer care in Shaanxi Province in Oct. 2016. And we intend to develop a framework of survivorship care plan appropriate for mainland of China to facilitate the recovery of cancer patients.
Thanks for ISNCC again and I hope to see oncology nursing in China will keep improving!