A Reflection of What I learnt During ICCN 2016

October 13th, 2016 in Conference Features

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.

Special report | the 20th International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) was successfully held in Hong Kong, China

September 29th, 2016 in Conference Features

Authors: Bo Xu, Yong-yi Chen

Affiliations: Oncology Nursing Committee of Chinese Nursing Association



The 20th International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) was held in Hong Kong, China from September 4-7, 2016. Nearly 400 experts, who come from the United States, UK, Australia, Panama, Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, Zambia and other countries in the world, gathered together to share new developments on cancer nursing.

The theme of this conference was ‘Embracing globalization through leadership and partnership in cancer care’. The main contents covered 18 modules: the palliative care, nursing education, distance education, ethics, symptom management, quality and patient safety, policy, human resource, health system improvement, informed consent, clinical trials, etc.

The conference set various forms which contained oral presentation, rapid fire, keynote address, poster, etc. There were 70 participants from mainland China attending the conference, including 32 oral presentations, 10 rapid fires, 21 posters. Nurse education, symptom management, palliative care, quality safety and other oncology nursing aspects were involved.

Bo Xu and Yongyi Chen, the director and vice director of Oncology Nursing Committee of Chinese Nursing Association, respectively made oral presentations which showed the progress of cancer nursing in mainland China to scholars from all around the world.

The convening of the ICCN 2016 will help to promote the development of cancer nursing, disseminate new knowledge, promote international information exchange, further impetus the specialized development of cancer nursing and enhance the professional level of cancer nursing in China.


Improve quality of care for better patient outcomes: Joint efforts of Oncology Nursing Committee of Chinese Nursing Association and Chinese Anti-Cancer Association

April 1st, 2016 in Conference Features

Authors: Bo Xu, Yong-yi Chen, Xiang-hua Xu

Affiliations: Oncology Nursing Committee of Chinese Nursing Association

The Second Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS) Conference was held on 19-20 November 2015 at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea. The conference theme was ‘Flying the spirit of Asian Oncology Nursing’. In order to support this important conference for cancer nurses, the Oncology Nursing Committee of Chinese Nursing Association and the Oncology Nursing Committee of Chinese Anti-Cancer Association jointly organized a conference workshop. The workshop consisted of three sessions: a healthcare delivery model adopted in a chemotherapy day center, nursing management for patients receiving oral chemotherapy, and management of early sign of thrombosis associated with peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC). The speakers shared with the participants about up-to-date research reports and health needs of Chinese patients undergoing chemotherapy and those with PICC. They also shared their experience of clinical practice and how to improve quality of care and patient outcomes. Enthusiasm of the participants was noted by their active participation in the discussion. The participants also found that the workshop was useful of improving their clinical practice and promoting quality of care. The joint efforts of the Oncology Nursing Committee of Chinese Nursing Association and Chinese Anti-Cancer Association in organizing this conference workshop would be continued to support AONS in professional development of oncology nurses in Asia.




Sharing Nursing Research at the 2015 Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS) Conference

March 3rd, 2016 in Conference Features

By: Mary Grace Anne P. Batalla, MA, RN, University of the Philippines Manila, College of Nursing

It has always been a great opportunity to participate in a conference for oncology nurses with the goal of disseminating results that will further improve nursing practice and patient care. Last 19-21 November 2015, I attended the Asian Oncology Nursing Society (AONS) Conference held at St. Mary’s Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. The theme of the conference was “Flying the Spirit of Asian Oncology Nursing.” The event was attended by more than seven hundred delegates from different countries.

A number of studies were presented during the conference focusing on different aspects of cancer care such as prevention and screening, quality of life, symptom management, palliative care, and survivorship. Researches ranged from qualitative studies to systematic reviews of the literature, providing various levels of evidence across population groups. For my part, I presented my study on the spirituality of colorectal cancer patients with fecal ostomy in the early postoperative phase and a case report on addressing hopelessness in a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia with multiple organ infiltration.

Being an adult intensive care unit nurse, I further developed a strong specialist interest in oncology and stoma nursing. As an ICU nurse, it was not uncommon to be challenged by the complexity of managing life-threatening complications from malignancies and varied bioethical issues primarily concerning patient care.  Even after transferring to the University of the Philippines as a faculty member, I continued my clinical practice at the Philippine General Hospital in my capacity as a member of the stoma nurses core group catering to in-hospital ostomy patients and as National Secretary of the Enterostomal Therapy Nurses Association of the Philippines.

Throughout my practice, I saw the burden of having been diagnosed with cancer and living a life with bowel diversion to both the patient and family. A consequence of this burden on quality of life is such that healthcare providers are expected to render services that are individualized and evidenced-based. In particular, with the multitude of participants from different parts of the world, studies presented during the conference raised awareness in promoting culturally-sensitive nursing care for oncology patients.

Colorectal cancer remains to be one of the top causes of morbidity and mortality in the world, and a leading cause of surgical formation of fecal ostomy. Though several studies have documented the physiological and social impact of the condition, the psychological experiences, most notably the spirituality, of such patients are less explored in literature.  Results of the study suggested that spirituality is the least prioritized domain of the quality of life of these patients in the early postoperative phase. Patients have reported being left with the initiative of whether or not to carry on with their spiritual activities after the surgery. Interestingly, while some patients reported spirituality to have remained unchanged after ostomy formation, a unified theme among patterns describing this domain has been its strengthening in conjunction with the belief in a higher power.

Participating in the conference was a rewarding experience. While I had been very grateful for my study to be chosen as one of the Best Oral Presentations, I see the award as recognition of the fact that colorectal cancer patients with fecal ostomy do not only depend on nursing care for physiological issues and concerns but also for psychological and spiritual needs that make a holistic human being despite the burden of disease and disability. Moreover, while there are existing variations in sociopolitical, economic and cultural backgrounds, it was enlightening to observe commonalities in terms of addressing problems in ethical decision-making, appropriate use of technology, and roles of family caregivers over the trajectory of cancer care. The goal of delivering quality nursing care to provide an optimum patient and family experience is the thread that puts the entire experience together in a global perspective.

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Reflections on ICCN 2015 – A Scholarship Recipient’s Perspective

November 12th, 2015 in Conference Features

by Agatha Ogunkorode, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

A reflection of what I learnt during the ICCN 2015 and how I will share my experiences and newly acquired knowledge with my colleagues.

I thank the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care for giving the scholarship to me which enabled me to attend the ICCN 2015 in Vancouver, Canada from the 7th-11th of July 2015 and meet seasoned and experienced nurse scholars. Listening to experts in cancer nursing care in many settings and diverse backgrounds was a great encouragement to me. These experts started in small ways, and they grew up to be an expert. They built teams and helped not only to alleviate the sufferings and pains of cancer patients. They also empowered others to grow personally and professionally. I feel that I am called to do the same.

There is a need for international collaboration in cancer nursing so as to import best practices from one region of the world to the other. This becomes very important because people of the world are not all on the same level. An important global research question cannot be answered locally but can be addressed through international collaborations.. Meeting people with similar research interest is important and attending this conference enables cancer nurses to build partnerships and networks for future collaborations. The conference presented various cancer nursing researchers and research ideas. It presented ideas and insights into cancer nursing that can be integrated and applied in other settings. After I attended this conference, I am empowered to play a vital role in relieving the cancer burden using a global and multidisciplinary perspective. I have learnt valuable lessons at the conference such as challenges of international research collaboration.  I have learnt the importance of understanding the value systems of the people we want to collaborate with;  anddifferences of the health care delivery system across the countries that might impact on the collaboration efforts and research outcomes.

I was privileged to  be part of the global conference and I look forward to working together with nursing experts from across the world to strengthen collaboration and ensure that the collaboration have a positive impact on the lives of my patients and the local community from which I come from. I was reminded that the skills learned in each study will help to make the next project easier. Therefore, I need to be clear about what I am determined to do, to be patient, to have courage to ask hard questions, to have a mentor, to involve others, not to be discouraged but to persevere. Some conference participants reminded us that it gets easier as one continues to practice. The experts also encouraged us to publish our studies. The main reason is because the research work is considered not done if it is not shared.

I am very grateful to be a participant at this very important conference. I thank my supervisor, Dr. Lorraine Holtslander a Professor of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, who encouraged me to join the conference and ensured that I was able to attend.

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