Author: Catherine Johnson, Newcastle, Australia
Affiliation: Calvary Mater Newcastle, Australia
During early November 2016 a global conversation focussed on the theme Mobilising Action, Inspiring Change was held in Paris, France at the World Cancer Congress hosted by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Over 3200 leaders and experts from 169 countries attended and 500 speakers engaged audiences across 144 multidisciplinary sessions.
The Congress opened with a welcoming and passionate address from the President of France, François Hollande that imbued pride in the work that health care professionals around the globe contribute to cancer care and control. President Hollande focussed on cancer that is preventable through modifiable lifestyle risk factors such as diet, tobacco and alcohol. President Hollande provided thoughtful commentary on preservation of quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer and continued efforts for improvements in prevention and treatment through research on a global scale; providing equity for all who are affected by cancer. He also spoke of the central role women have in society; not only because women are so frequently affected by cancer and experience global inequity in accessing prevention treatment and screening but also because women as the first agents of public health policy are pivotal to any cancer control strategy. These sentiments were echoed in opening addresses by Her Majesty the Queen of Spain, Professor Jacqueline Godet, President – French League Against Cancer and Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under- Secretary-General of the United Nations. Mr Sidibé called for a radical reform of the global health architecture to ensure worldwide health security through universal access to integrated prevention, treatment, care and health management services that are rights-based, equitable, just and efficient and delivered by innovative health systems.
The opening addresses set the tone for the conversations to follow during the 4 days of congress. Delegates discussed innovations central to global cancer control including prevention, screening, detection and treatment and increasing calls to improve cancer control by finding solutions to balancing cost of cancer control and global equity. In 2010 the global annual cost of cancer was $1.16 trillion and rising and unless current trends in incidence are disrupted the largest increases in the burden of cancer will be in low and middle income countries.
Delegates also heard about one of the most vulnerable global populations; 21.3 million refugees. The extreme cancer and Non Communicable Disease (NCD) burden that faces refugees has yet to form a meaningful part of the international humanitarian response. Insufficient access to early diagnosis, a scarcity of oncologists and treatment facilities, a disruption in drug supply and barriers to importing chemotherapy, and a lack of continuity in care after displacement were key issues highlighted that face refugees. Delegates present agreed with the need to treat refugees living with cancer as an emergency issue amidst the ongoing destruction of hospitals and lack of continuity in care. International collaborations such as a priority list of NCDs and cancer medicines, shared experiences of delivering cancer care in conflict scenarios, early diagnoses, and refugee specific cancer policy and control plans are absolutely crucial in ensuring improved results in what is an emerging issue in the fields of both international cancer care and humanitarian crisis response.
The congress had 5 central tracks to engage delegates
- Stemming the tide: innovations in prevention and screening
- Closing the gap: quality cancer treatment and diagnosis for all
- Improving patient and family experiences
- Strengthening cancer control: optimising outcomes of health systems
- Empowering civil societies: building capacity for change
The congress program provided a unique insight into the global perspective of cancer, beyond the traditional treatment paradigm and while content was at times sobering delegates emerged with a sense of hope that they truly could mobilise action and inspire change through their actions in their own communities.
The next conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur in 2018. More information can be found at http://www.worldcancercongress.org/au-revoir-paris-halo-kuala-lumpur
法国时间10月31日至11月3日，由国际抗癌联盟(Union for International Cancer Control，UICC)主办，法国抗癌协会承办的2016年世界抗癌大会（World Cancer Congress，WCC）在法国巴黎举行。全球100多个国家的3000多名代表参加大会，法国总统奥朗德出席开幕式。我作为中国代表团唯一护士代表参加了此次会议，并作学术交流。
本届会议围绕主题“引领行动，激发变革（Mobilising Action, Inspring Change）”，通过主题发言、专题报告、电子壁报交流、圆桌讨论、现场辩论等形式对癌症的预防、筛查、诊断、治疗、康复及姑息照护、癌症防控等议题进行了探讨与交流。中国代表团共有60多人出席，其中，我作为中国代表团唯一的护士代表，在“改善患者及家属体验（Improving patient and family experiences）”专场和国外学者进行了电子壁报交流，并与参会代表进行了学术探讨，我的论文《Femorally Inserted Central Venous Catheter in patients with Superior Vena Cava Obstruction: choice of the optimal exit site》得到与会代表的高度赞赏，并对中国在呼吸内科科研的前沿性、湘雅护理技术的创新性给予了高度评价。
Authors: Yong-yi Chen, Winnie So
Affiliations: Asian Oncology Nursing Society
The International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2016 was held in Hong Kong China from September 4-7, 2016. This is the second ICCN which was held in Asia, since after the ICCN 2008 in Singapore. The conference theme was ‘Embracing globalization through leadership and partnership in cancer care’. More than 200 Asian delegates actively participated in this conference via oral and poster presentations.
It is a great pleasure for Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS) to work hand-in-hand with International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) on advancing knowledge and practice in cancer care via ICCN2016 and pre-conference workshop. An AONS-ISNCC International partner joint session was hosted to discuss the roles and challenges of nursing leadership in multidisciplinary cancer care. Three oncology nursing scholars from three different Asian countries were invited to be plenary speakers. Dr Kyunghee Lim (South Korea) highlighted her presentation on how nursing leadership to effect policy change for cancer care; Dr Meera Achreker (India) stressed the importance of nursing leadership in integrating clinical nurse specialist in cancer care in India; Prof Carman Chan (Hong Kong China) focused her presentation on roles of oncology nurses on leading multidisciplinary cancer and palliative care research. Ms Tomoko Izawa from Japan was also invited to be a speaker of preconference workshop ‘Global issues of survivorship’. She shared her views of cultural issues of survivorship care in Asia.
ISNCC is a wonderful partner to work with as we share same objectives of developing and promoting oncology nursing. As an international organization, ISNCC provides a good platform to oncology nurses worldwide to gather together and share their knowledge and experience so as to provide the best care to cancer patients. We appreciate ISNCC uses mutual recognition and culturally sensitive approaches to work collaboratively with other regional oncology nursing associations. We have a strong desire to continue work closely with ISNCC on various educational and research activities and on communication with each other about strategies to maximize the influence of nursing to reduce the global burden of cancer.
AONS International Partner Joint Plenary session (from left to right): three plenary speakers Kyunghee Lim, Meera Achreker, Carmen Chan, and the moderator Kueiru Chou
AONS Executive Board (from left to right): Xu Bo, Kazuko Onishi, Meera Achreker, Myungsun Yi, Winnie So, Judi Johnson (Advisor), Kueiru Chou. Kyunghee Lim and Yongyi Chen
AONS and Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing (APJON) booth
From left to right: Myungsun Yi (AONS Past President), Stella Bialous (ISNCC President), Kazuko Onishi (AONS Treasurer), Patsy Yates (ISNCC President-Elect), Winnie So (AONS President)
Author: Ayda Nambayan
Affiliation: Training Consultant, The Ruth Foundation, Alabang, Metro Manila, Philippines
Before the International Conference on Cancer Nursing, I had the privilege to participate in the 1st Asian Leadership Conference of the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) held in Hong Kong, China on September 3, 2016. Twenty seasoned ELNEC trainers from 6 countries participated (Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, US and Philippines) in this 1-day workshop. It was an awesome meeting – learning new leadership skills and validating old ones, plus sharing successes and lessons learned in years of providing ELNEC education in their respective countries. In many ways, ELNEC courses had been transformed to fit the needs within the country – translated into local languages and content adapted to concur with the culture and beliefs – all of them making ELNEC a usable tool to educate nurses and other health care providers in palliative care. The work that has been done was phenomenal and in my mind, Asia should have one of the best standards in palliative care nursing practice. Unfortunately, this was not so.
In reality, in this densely populated region of the world, many patients died without the benefit of palliative and end-of-life care. Only 3 Asian countries (Japan, Singapore, Korea) and two Special Administrative RegionofChina(HongKong SAR and TaiwanSAR) had palliative care largely integrated into mainstream health care system. Mainland China, Malaysia and Mongolia had started integration of palliative care while the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and India had isolated or patchy palliative care services. And then, there are the countries with no known palliative care activities like Afghanistan, Bhutan, North Korea, Laos, and many of the Pacific Island nations (Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, International Observatory on End of Life Care, 2011). It is interesting to note that most of the nurse leaders presented in this meeting are from the countries with the most development. Did this imply that these nurses were the ones who forged their governments to create provisions so that palliative and end-of-life care coulebecome a major part of their health care system? Or, was it because that these nurses worked so tirelessly to advocate for palliative and end-of-life care, training their own nursesone group at a timeuntil they made a difference in many lives and got heard by the powers-to-be? It really does not matter,the important thing was that these nurses led a significant change not only in their health care systems but also in many lives of dying patients and their families. I was humbled by the accomplishments of these nurses and yet, they were here in this meeting, looking for ways to work together and share resources in order to further advance the care of the dying and their families.
By the time we all parted ways, these pioneering nurses agreed to work together so that palliative care would be an Asian tradition and not just an experience. What an awesome group!
For more information about the ELNEC training and resources, or if you would like to connect with this group, please contact Pamela Malloy, RN, MN, FPCN, Coordinator and Co-Project Director, ELNEC, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Fauzia Pesnani
Affiliation: Head of Oncology Nursing at Dr Ziauddin Cancer Hospital Karachi, Pakistan
I had the pleasure of attending wonderful ICCN 2016, it was a great opportunity I have ever had. Meeting with the Board members, founders and organizers was like a dream come true. Thank ICCN for providing me with this life-time opportunity.
It was a great learning in a very friendly environment. I interacted with people working in same field. This kind of work that have been done by them is remarkable.
I have attended every session and thoroughly enjoyed each program, from pre- conference workshops to the closing ceremony (Lions Dance performance), including welcome reception (get together evening), all conferences sessions, meeting with BOD, award & scholarship ceremony. I am very impressed with Dr Stella, ISNCC President. She is very down to earth and always has a beautiful smile on face, which make her personality more vibrant.
Dr Linda Krebs possessed exceptional leadership and made conference worthy 100million dollars. I did not meet any single person who was not happy with the conference arrangements, and everything was perfect and so well organized. The credit goes to Linda and her team.
Mr Andrew Dimech, the leading person of member development portfolio. The way he managed his time and spared his precious time for me, heard me in detail and encouraged and appreciated that I could do much more in my field, was simply Superb.
The experience of attending ICCN has not only expanded my horizon, but also provided me with a chance to make new friends and learn from their best practices. I also explored new country and was amazed to see beautiful university—“Chinese University of Hong Kong”. Many thanks to Dr Winnie SO for organizing the visit and delicious lunch.
It was a great experience to be a research poster judge and give your opinion and judgment about the great work done by young professionals.
ICCN 2016 was a global platform to discuss and learn about cancer prognosis, general issues in cancer care, unmet needs of patients and for improved handling for various types of Cancers. For an oncology nurse, to find the appropriate words to console a person who is suffering the loss of a loved one can be troublesome. And it’s challenging for us to deal with nurse’s role, health promotion, pain management, late effects of cancer treatment and long-term survivorship issues, end-of-life issues, psychological and family issues, nursing-sensitive patient outcomes and much more.
Things which I am going to apply are as follows;
- To develop a nursing society in my country and under this umbrella will do more organized trainings and developments for our novice nurses.
- I will give more focus on research work, and then publishing it which is hardly been done by nurses in my country.
- I will establish patient support group to help patients and family members deal with the physical and emotional suffering caused by the cancer diagnosis and treatment. The less distress patients have, the more energy they can direct toward recovery.
The ICCN was a great opportunity to all participants. I’m looking forward to attending the upcoming conference in 2017.