Indonesian Oncology Nurses Association held an anti-tobacco campaign simultaneously in seven provinces in Indonesia

February 11th, 2020 in Hot Topics, International News

Ariesta Milanti, BSN, RN, MHC, Public communication committee, Indonesian Oncology Nurses Association

Indonesian Oncology Nurses Association (IONA) organized a simultaneous anti-tobacco campaign on the 18th of October 2018 in seven provinces throughout Indonesia. The campaign marked the IONA’s anniversary and responded to the call of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) tobacco position statement that nurses should take the lead in tobacco control activities.

Map of Indonesia

The campaign was held successfully at Dharmais Cancer Hospital, Jakarta; Bantul 2 Public High School, Yogyakarta; Dr. Karyadi Hospital and Tugurejo Hospitals, Semarang, Central Java; Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, Bali; Dr. Wahidin General Hospital Sudirohusodo, Makassar, South Sulawesi; Dr. Soetomo Hospital, East Java; and Adam Malik General Hospital, Medan, North Sumatra. In all sites, we conducted public education on the dangerous effects of tobacco smoke and called the public to protect themselves from tobacco use and exposure. We also played a short video illustrating the ‘epidemic’ of tobacco smoke in Indonesia. In the video, a former heavy smoker described his process to quitting tobacco smoking. We invited people to build their personal commitment to fight tobacco smoke and to sign in our anti-tobacco declaration.

Our message was to take action against tobacco smoke.

In addition to those programs, each IONA chapters created their unique approaches as well. IONA chapter Yogyakarta successfully gathered 100 high school students in Bantul 2 High School and held a photo contest with the theme of an anti-tobacco movement. The photos were uploaded to the @himponidiy Instagram account to be more visible by the young people, the most vulnerable population targeted by the tobacco industry. IONA Yogyakarta will also conduct a continuous community service activities in this high school to sustain the program’s impacts.

The high school students recorded their anti-tobacco declaration and sent it to the local police office as proof of their commitment to avoid tobacco smoke.

Anti-tobacco education for the high school students in Bantul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

IONA chapter Makassar-South Sulawesi held a series of anti-tobacco campaign programs at RSUP DR Wahidin Sudirohusodo. A total of 50 patients and their families enthusiastically participated in the education on the effects of tobacco smoke and signed their anti-tobacco declaration. Our anti-tobacco video was played continuously at the general polyclinic televisions.

Patients and families participating in education on the dangers of tobacco smoke at DR Wahidin Sudirohusodo Hospital Makassar, South Sulawesi

Meanwhile in Bali, the anti-tobacco campaign day was also a huge success. The education and signing of the anti-tobacco declaration were attended by dozens of people. The local committee also released the balloons into the air as a symbol to stay away from the dangers of cigarettes.

Enthusiasm for signing the anti-tobacco declaration in Bali

The simultaneous anti-tobacco campaign was also carried out successfully by the IONA chapter North Sumatra. The activity began with the signing of the declaration “Supporting the Anti-Tobacco Movement” by the patients, family and hospital staff of the Adam Malik Hospital, the public education, and the coloring competition for the children with cancer. The participants said that the anti-tobacco campaign greatly motivated patients, families and all employees to stop smoking and support the anti-tobacco movement.

On the day of the campaign there were several participants who were committed to quitting smoking.

IONA Chapter Central Java organized the anti-tobacco campaign in two places at once, namely Dr. Karyadi hospital and Tugurejo hospital, Semarang, Central Java. The public education and the signing of the anti-tobacco declaration were attended by dozens of patients and families in the polyclinics of the two hospitals.

North Sumatran oncology nurses along with the winners of the coloring competition for the anti-tobacco movement

Meanwhile, IONA chapter East Java installed the large banners displaying the anti-tobacco movement at Dr. Soetomo General Hospital and FKP Airlangga University, Surabaya, East Java. They held a community education on tobacco smoke dangers and its prevention in November 2018.

The public education by IONA chapter Central Java

In Jakarta, the anti-tobacco campaign day was hugely celebrated at the Dharmais National Cancer Center. The entire board of directors of RS Dharmais initiated the signing of the anti-tobacco declaration. Patients, families, nurses, doctors, and staff enthusiastically joined the education program, flash mobs, and various entertaining activities.

Among the feedback from the participants was the intention to spread the dangers of tobacco smoke information to their families and the plan to bring the heavy smokers in the family to get smoking cessation interventions.

This campaign demonstrates the strong intention of IONA to be at the forefront of tobacco control in Indonesia as one of the cancer prevention activities Tobacco smoke and exposure have proven to cause various types of cancer and other serious diseases. We hope to sustain and scale up the campaign across Indonesia.

The anti-tobacco campaign day at Dharmais National Cancer Center Jakarta

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November 4th, 2019 in Hot Topics, International News, Reflection

Submitted by Fedricker D. Barber, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCNP, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Did you know that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and that November 21, 2019 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day? Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers worldwide and is one of the leading causes of cancer mortality in developing countries (World Health Organization, n.d.). In 2018, approximately 458,000 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and an estimated 456,280 people are expected to die from this disease by 2020 (World Health Organization, n.d.). Currently, there is no cure for pancreatic cancer and there are no screening tests to detect this disease, therefore, education and awareness are key to preventing pancreatic cancer.

Incidence

The incidence rate for pancreatic cancer varies, for example, the highest incidence rate was in North America (50,745) and Europe (128,045) in 2018 (World Health Organization, n.d.). Whereas, the lowest incidence rate was in Africa (15.458) in 2018 (World Health Organization, n.d.). Generally, pancreatic cancer is more prevalent in men than in women and is a disease of older adults, with a median age of onset of 71 years (Ilic & Ilic, 2016; McGuigan et al., 2018; McWilliams et al., 2016).

Risk Factors

Researchers are making progress in understanding the causes of pancreatic cancer, however, the precise cause is unknown. Epidemiological data suggests that family history of pancreatic cancer, smoking, obesity, diabetes mellitus, and chronic pancreatitis are associated with pancreatic cancer (Ilic & Ilic, 2016; McWilliams et al., 2016). Additionally, alcohol use > 26 grams daily has been identified as a risk for pancreatic cancer (Ilic & Ilic, 2016; McWilliams et al., 2016).

Clinical Manifestations

Unfortunately, clinical manifestations of pancreatic cancer usually do not occur until the cancer has invaded other organs (McGuigan et al., 2018). Common symptoms include: unexplained weight loss, epigastric pain that radiates to the back, jaundice, anorexia, abdominal bloating, clay-colored stools, nausea, and fatigue (McGuigan et al., 2018).

Survival

The major factor impacting survival and outcomes in patients with pancreatic cancer is the tumor stage. For instance, the 5-year survival rate for patients with pancreatic cancer is 6% worldwide, however, with localized disease, the 5-year survival rate is 37% versus 3% for stage IV disease (McGuigan et al., 2018).

Treatment

Treatment for pancreatic cancer varies depending on the stage of the disease. Surgical resection such as pancreatico-duodenectomy or total pancreatectomy potentially can cure pancreatic cancer (McGuigan et al., 2018). Other treatment options such as chemotherapy and chemo-radiotherapy have been showed to increase overall survival (71%-76%), however, patients tend to have recurrent disease within two years (McGuigan et al., 2018).

Conclusion

Given that there is no reliable screening test available to detect pancreatic cancer, education and awareness is key to prevention and early diagnosis.

References

Ilic, M., & Ilic, I. (2016). Epidemiology of pancreatic cancer. World J Gastroenterol, 22(44), 9694-9705. doi:10.3748/wjg.v22.i44.9694

McGuigan, A., Kelly, P., Turkington, R. C., Jones, C., Coleman, H. G., & McCain, R. S. (2018). Pancreatic cancer: A review of clinical diagnosis, epidemiology, treatment and outcomes. World J Gastroenterol, 24(43), 4846-4861. doi:10.3748/wjg.v24.i43.4846

McWilliams, R. R., Maisonneuve, P., Bamlet, W. R., Petersen, G. M., Li, D., Risch, H. A., . . . Lowenfels, A. B. (2016). Risk Factors for Early-Onset and Very-Early-Onset Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma: A Pancreatic Cancer Case-Control Consortium (PanC4) Analysis. Pancreas, 45(2), 311-316. doi:10.1097/mpa.0000000000000392

World Health Organization. Cancer tomorrow. (n.d). Retrieved from http://gco.iarc.fr/

World Cancer Day 2019

February 4th, 2019 in Hot Topics, International News

As part of the World Cancer Day 2019 program the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) and our partner the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) are celebrating the contributions of nursing internationally. ISNCC represents over 60,000 cancer nurses worldwide, all of whom are vital to cancer care and control. 

#WorldCancerDay  #IAmAndIWill

 

Fact Sheets

The ISNCC Announces a New Global Citizen Program

December 11th, 2018 in Hot Topics, ISNCC Projects

The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC), founded in 1984, is an international federation of National Cancer Nursing Societies. Globally ISNCC represents nurses from 80 countries. ISNCC’s mission is to lead the global community to reduce the burden of cancer and that nurses worldwide are vital and central leaders in cancer care and control. As an international society the ISNCC will develop and engage nurse leaders and influence global health policy. With our global mission the ISNCC is pleased to announce its new Global Citizen Program.

The Global Citizen
ISNCC has recently launched the Global Citizen program at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. The program recognizes nurses or other professionals, whether or not they are members of their national society, who wish to support the ethos, objectives, strategy and philanthropic goals of the ISNCC. The program provides various contribution options and benefits to the global community.

ISNCC Global Citizens have access to exclusive functions, benefits and offers including:

  • Attendance at the President’s Social at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (available for Silver and above Global Citizens)
  • Recognition on the ISNCC website and at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN)
  • Opportunity to support an ISNCC scholarship to enable nurses from low resource countries attend ICCN
  • Acknowledgement of your contribution, including provision of an ISNCC Global Citizen Ribbon (available at ICCN)
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Electronic subscription to Cancer Nursing, ISNCC’s official journal, a bimonthly publication that addresses the whole spectrum of problems arising in the care and support of cancer patients
  • Participation (non-voting) in the Annual General Business Meeting
  • Networking opportunities through participation in society activities such as the International Conference on Cancer Nursing, educational and research initiatives, workshops, task forces, committees, and joint initiatives with other international health groups

How do I become an ISNCC Global Citizen and support ISNCC to achieve its Mission?
You can now become an ISNCC Global Citizens! The ISNCC has established a tiered annual contribution structure to allow you to contribute according to your circumstances and preference. The funds raised through the Global Citizen contributions are used to support ISNCC’s work, including contributions to Scholarships and Organizational Memberships for low resource countries.

For further information, please go to: https://www.isncc.org/ or email: info@isncc.org

Rising to the Challenge of Patient Reported Outcomes

June 9th, 2016 in Hot Topics

Sally Thorne

Author: Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS 

Affiliations: University of British Columbia School of Nursing

Cancer nurses have a strong commitment to the idea of documenting, interpreting and making use of that which patients report about their own cancer experiences and outcomes. As a consequence, many have taken up qualitative methods in an attempt to shed light on what it is for patients to live with diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, to engage with cancer care systems, and to wrestle with the social and psychological implications of this disease. Historically, nurses drew directly upon social science methods (such as phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography) for such work, but increasingly came to realise that such methods were designed more toward building theory than generating the kinds of useful knowledge that nurses need to inform practice.

Over the past three decades, I have been involved with figuring out how the great technique that was invented for social theorizing can be extracted, adapted and reworked to better match the real questions that nurses need to ask. For example, rather than assuming there is a singular dominant experience in any context, nurses will always expect important human variation. In fact, alerting the clinical imagination toward the detection and interpretation of that variation is a fundamental attribute of expert clinical practice. So our research approaches have to be applied rather than just theoretical in order for the knowledge we produce to shape the disciplinary need.

In the early days of qualitative research in nursing, we assumed that neophyte researchers (such as clinicians and graduate students) were best served by following a methodological rulebook. Now we understand that the core foundational ideas of nursing provide a great deal of direction for the “detective work” that constitutes a great qualitative study. We are freeing up nurse researchers to position their disciplinary knowledge needs and professional audiences front and centre in their thinking as they work through study design. Using nursing logic, they can build an accessible and credible line of reasoning from their research question through to its answer. An example from our previous work is a study of patient perceptions of poor communication, considered from the perspective of what we in the care system might actually do to prevent it.[1]

I have been honoured to be part of this ‘movement’ in emancipating qualitative methodology so that it becomes an accessible resource and tool in the hands of thoughtful practicing nurses, and not the exclusive privilege of those with elite academic training. Every day I encounter amazing nurses generating powerful insights with application at the point of care, challenging the status quo assumptions of our care systems on the basis of experiential knowledge they glean from the cancer patients they study, and filling in the gaps in our understanding that population-based (quantitative) evidence leaves behind. In the newly published second edition of my methods text[i], I am demonstrating how nurses build knowledge translation right into their designs, rather than considering it an afterthought. This is not something I ‘invented;’ rather, it is an approach to knowledge generation that I have observed throughout my career as the classic inquiry style of great nurse thinkers. And there are so many from whom to learn!

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[1] Thorne, S., Oliffe, J.L., Stajduhar, K. I., Oglov, V., Kim-Sing, C., Hislop, T.G. (2013). Poor communication in cancer care. Cancer Nursing, 36(6), 445-453

[i] Thorne, S. (2016). Interpretive description: Qualitative research for applied practice. New York & London: Routledge.