Learn from cancer care leaders from around the world

Submitted by SR. Esther Pakau (RN) Radiation Oncology Trainee

Cancer in Papua New Guinea is largely incurable and the best success rate in the treatment of cancer is early detection. Due to challenges in surveillance and the fact that many cancers in PNG go undiagnosed; the exact rates of cancer mortality and morbidity across PNG are unknown. However, several reviews have revealed that cancer is on the rise. The treatment for cancer in PNG includes surgery, Chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Radiation therapy service is not currently available. However, under construction and it will be available by the end of the year. The three main goals of cancer care, as determined by cancer type and stage, are to cure cancer, control cancer, and relieve symptoms caused by cancer.

Sr Esther Pakau

The ICCN conference was introduced to us by Dr. Pauline Rose. It was a unique opportunity to meet with the many cancer nursing leaders from around the world who gave their time, experience, and thoughts on all aspects of cancer care.

As a PNG cancer nurse, it would be an opportunity for me to invite and encourage other nursing officers to join in with cancer care. As many cancer nurses join in cancer care baseline surveys will be carried out in order to better understand the general knowledge of cancer, habits, and behavioral trends within a particular community.

International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2022 – SAVE THE DATE

The ISNCC is excited to announce the International Conference on Cancer Nursing 2022 (ICCN2022) to be held virtually from February 23rd through February 25th, 2022. The conference will include plenaries, instructional sessions, at least one educational workshop, and industry-supported educational sessions. A virtual library of oral and poster abstracts will also be included.

Theme and Objectives

The conference theme is “Building Sustainability & Resilience: Global Perspectives on Cancer Nursing,” with the following objectives:

  1. Define the evolving challenges facing oncology nurses as they provide care across diverse cultures
  2. Examine the emerging evidence demonstrating the impact of cancer nursing on equitable cancer control worldwide
  3. Describe innovative approaches to nursing education, practice, research, and policy
  4. Evaluate the current status, barriers and solutions of the health sector’s impact on the environment
  5. Identify the influence oncology nursing practices have on the global burden of cancer

ICCN2022 Website

The ICCN2022 website, ICCN2022.com, is currently under development and will be available in early to mid-October. An announcement will be sent once it is available.

Abstract/Instructional Sessions

The abstract submission process will begin in mid-October and remain open for approximately 6 weeks, ending in early December. Oral and poster abstract submissions will be accepted for the virtual library and instructional session abstracts for the virtual conference.

Abstract Categories

  • Administration/Management/Leadership
  • Advanced Practice
  • Education
  • General Practice
  • Health Policy & Advocacy
  • Research

Abstract Topics

  • Cancer across the Lifespan
  • Cancer Continuum
  • Disparities/Equity/Culture
  • Environmental Issues
  • Family & Caregivers
  • Health Care Crises
  • Health Systems/Models of Care/Workforce
  • Innovations in Practice, Education & Technology
  • Palliative Care
  • Professional Issues
  • Psychosocial/QOL
  • Research Issues/ Methods
  • Survivorship
  • Symptom Management

Watch our website for more details as we launch the ICCN2022.org website and announce the call for abstract submissions!

We look forward to welcoming you to ICCN2022!!

ICCN 2020 – Postponement

March 10th, 2020 in Conference Features, ICNN Articles

On behalf of the ISNCC Board of Directors, it is with great regret that we announce that the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN 2020) will be postponed until early March 2021.

This decision was taken after close monitoring of the rising global risk assessment by the World Health Organization of the COVID19 outbreak. Although the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 Virus is currently assessed as moderate in the United Kingdom and enthusiasm for ICCN 2020 has remained high, the global situation is changing every day in unpredictable ways.

We recognize the need to care for the health and welfare of our participants and of the host community. We are cognizant of the travel restrictions that are being extended on a daily basis and impacting our colleagues’ ability to attend ICCN 2020 and we want to express our support for our colleagues who are in the frontlines of caring for their patients. We also are aware that health institutions, organisations and education facilities are restricting employees and students travel and participation in upcoming conferences.

For further information, please visit: www.iccn2020.org.

ICCN 2020 Conference Travel

February 14th, 2020 in Conference Features

ICCN2020 is proceeding as planned, and a great program is in place. ISNCC is aware of the global news regarding the Coronavirus (COVID) and the evolving travel advisories. At the moment, health authorities in the United Kingdom stated that risks to individuals in the UK remain low (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public). We’re following the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK Department of Health and Social Care. We will monitor the UK Foreign Office (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china and communicate any changes for arrivals in the UK. Please note that many airports have added additional screening for visitors arriving from China and for those who have visited China recently.

As nurses we know, and the WHO reminds us, frequent hand washing with soap and water is the best way to prevent infections.

International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care Honors cancer nurses who have made distinguished contributions to reducing the global burden of cancer

The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) has honored three outstanding nurses who have made substantial contributions to reducing the global burden of cancer.

Dr Stella Bialous, Past President of ISNCC and Chair of the Committee who oversees ISNCC’s Awards Program said “ISNCC is excited to recognize the extraordinary work of nurses who have made a major difference to cancer care. The successful applicants for this year’s awards are truly outstanding leaders whose work has led to advances in nursing practice as well as the development of nursing as a profession”.

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 in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the international advancement of the science and art of cancer nursing. Professor Wiseman received the award in recognition of her leadership, education and research translating evidence into practice and significantly advancing 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 keep alive 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 honor those who have a similar capacity to inspire cancer nurses of today and of the future. Dr Sharp is a 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).

The 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 has 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 at 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 a founding patron of the Oncology Nurses Chapter Kenya. David sits on the Board of the National Cancer Institute of Kenya a government agency that advises the Cabinet Secretary for Health on all cancer matters. His work over the last 3 years has focused on designing a framework of engagement between oncology nurses and cancer civil society organizations.

Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates, President of ISNCC, said “The incidence of cancer worldwide is expected to grow from 18.1 million in 2018 to 29.5 million in 2040. The goals of reducing cancer incidence, improving survival, and providing better palliative care cannot happen without the efforts of nurses. The work of the three nurses who have received this year’s ISNCC awards provide excellent examples of what can be done through nursing efforts.”

2020 has been designated by the World Health Organization as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. “Recognition of the work of these exceptional nurses is especially important as we begin our celebrations of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” Professor Yates said.


ISNCC is the international membership organization of oncology nurse leaders dedicated to improving the health and well-being of people at risk for or living with cancer, promoting the nurse’s role in improving cancer care, and developing nursing leadership in cancer care delivery.

ISNCC was established in 1984 with a vision to lead the global nursing community in cancer control and a mission to maximize the influence of nursing to reduce the global burden of cancer.

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