ICCN 2020 will be in London, UK: Abstract Submissions are Open!

Linda U. Krebs, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN
Chair, Conference Management Committee, ISNCC

The ISNCC Board of Directors and its Conference Management Committee are thrilled to announce the next International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN 2020) to be held March 29th through April 1st, 2020 at Imperial College, London, UK! The theme for the conference is “Innovation and Inspiration: Celebrating the Global Impact of Oncology Nurses.” This is a most appropriate theme as 2020 has been designated as “The Year of the Nurse” by the World Health Organization. Additionally, 2020 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, so we will have plenty to celebrate!

The ISNCC Board of Directors and its Conference Management Committee are thrilled to announce the next International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN 2020) to be held March 29th through April 1st, 2020 at Imperial College, London, UK! The theme for the conference is “Innovation and Inspiration: Celebrating the Global Impact of Oncology Nurses.” This is a most appropriate theme as 2020 has been designated as “The Year of the Nurse” by the World Health Organization. Additionally, 2020 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, so we will have plenty to celebrate!

The conference will focus on all aspects of cancer nursing and our ability to impact patients, families, communities and nations through clinical practice, education, health policy, leadership, and research. Through scholarly discourse, networking and collaboration among oncology nursing educators, practitioners, researchers, and leaders from across the globe, we will showcase the remarkable work and dedication of nurses involved in cancer care.

The conference offers a wide variety of educational opportunities including pre-conference programs, plenary speakers, oral presentations, instructional sessions, and poster sessions as well as social and cultural events to educate and celebrate nurses. A special highlight will be the Robert Tiffany Award keynote address sponsored by the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

ICCN 2020 will be ISNCC’s 23rd conference! It is especially exciting to be holding it in London, the birthplace of ISNCC. Imperial College will be an exceptional venue for our meeting. Located near Hyde Park and adjacent to museums, cultural sites, great restaurants, and shopping, it provides multiple modern meeting rooms and wonderful spots for networking and interacting with colleagues, sponsors and exhibitors. Pre-conference sessions will be held minutes away from Imperial College at the Royal Marsden. Tours of this remarkable facility are being arranged for those who are interested.


We also are excited to announce that abstract submissions are now being accepted for oral, rapid-fire, poster, and instructional sessions through the Abstract Portal. Visit iccn2020.org/ for more information.

Numerous topics will be accepted in the following categories: administration, management/ leadership, advanced practice, education, general practice, health policy, and research. The deadline for submission will be August 19th, 2019 at 11:59P EDT. Please see the portal for full information including requirements for submission.

We hope that you will submit an abstract and plan to attend ICCN 2020 in London, March 29th through April 1st, 2020. The conference provides a wonderful opportunity to share your professional activities and projects focused on cancer nursing administration, practice, education, health policy, leadership, and research. It also is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new friends and enjoy all that the conference and London have to offer!

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Forging the Academic Power of Oncology Nursing Exceed Professional Dream

March 16th, 2017 in Conference Features

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.

  1. Treat cancer as chronic disease.
  2. The support for the comorbidity diseases and frail patients.
  3. Provide personalized symptom management.
  4. 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

2016 World Cancer Congress: Mobilising Action, Inspiring Change

January 19th, 2017 in Conference Features

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

  1. Stemming the tide: innovations in prevention and screening
  2. Closing the gap: quality cancer treatment and diagnosis for all
  3. Improving patient and family experiences
  4. Strengthening cancer control: optimising outcomes of health systems
  5. 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


November 24th, 2016 in Conference Features


作者:张京慧    单位:中南大学湘雅医院呼吸内科

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。



随着中华护理学会重返国际护士会,护士到国际上进行学术交流的机会也越来越多,在 “培养亮相国际舞台俊才”的指导思想下,医院设立了专门的人才培养经费,鼓励护士走出国门,登上国际舞台,展示中国护理的新技术、新理念和新进展。通过此次学术交流,我也拓宽自己的视野,了解了肿瘤患者护理新知识、新观念、新技术,也了解到国际护理界对肿瘤患者心理干预、姑息照护的重视。


ICCN 2016: Great Partnership with ISNCC

November 10th, 2016 in Conference Features

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.


photo-1_aons-international-partner-joint-plenary-sessionAONS International Partner Joint Plenary session (from left to right): three plenary speakers Kyunghee Lim, Meera Achreker, Carmen Chan, and the moderator Kueiru Chou


photo-2_aons-executive-board 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


photo-3_aons-apjon-booth AONS and Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing (APJON) booth


photo-4_photo-with-stella-patsyFrom 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)