A Report from CACA – CANO

April 13th, 2017 in ICNN Articles

The 2nd National Academic Conference in Oncology Nursing —International Forum in Oncology Nursing was held on March 9-12, 2017, in Fu Zhou, Fujian Province, China.

The conference is run every two years by the Chinese Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) of Chinese Anti-Cancer Association (CACA). CACA was founded in 1984, which is the only one national association in oncology in mainland China. CANO, which is under the CACA, was established on March 19th 2015. CACA has always been working on leading the national nursing community in cancer control toward transforming cancer care so as to provide cancer patients with high quality and science-based nursing care.

Professor Patsy Yates, Professor Brenda Nevidjon and Professor Winnie So, representing ISNCC, ONS and AONS respectively, participated in the conference and delivered their excellent keynote speeches. They highlighted recent advances in oncology and their implications for oncology nursing, which are globally hot topics.

Prof. Yates, who is from ISNCC, brought the participants the scientific and technological advances in oncology over the past few decades. Her presentation leads the audiences to think about what these advances imply for oncology nursing. Precision Medicine has been applied in cancer treatment in many countries as well as in mainland China. Prof. Nevidjon was invited to give her presentation entitled “Oncology Nurses-Innovating Precision Care in a Changing Treatment Environment” at the conference. In her presentation, she gave a clear introduction about the concepts of Precision Medicine and Precision nursing care indicating that oncology nurses are supposed to be well prepared to meet the challenges in the changing treatment environment. AONS is a leading organization of oncology nursing in Asian area. Prof. Winnie So representing the organization delivered a speech named “The Development of a New Perspective of Cancer Nursing through Partnership and Collaboration in Asia” in which she highlighted the priority of collaboration in Asian countries about oncology nursing.

During the conference, Prof. Qiang Wan-min, the President of CACA-CANO and Chair of the conference, discussed with the three leaders representing international, regional and national oncology nursing organizations in regard to member development, nursing training and academic exchanges between CACA-CANO and the three organizations.

The conference provides a great opportunity and brings oncology nurses in and out of China together to exchange knowledge and valuable clinical experience as well as meet and make friends there. Compared with the oncology nursing in some high resource countries, there is still much space for Chinese oncology nursing to improve. Therefore, CACA-CANO also takes this chance to make a good start to further cooperate with these organizations in order to push forward the development of education and research in oncology nursing in mainland China.

The leadership of CACA-CANO is confident that in the near future, the oncology nursing in China will be much developed to be in line with the international standards and fulfill CACA-CANO’s goal— delivering excellent nursing care to cancer patients and cancer survivors so as to improve the quality of their lives.

Let us start from where we are!

Photo: From left to right, Qian Wan-min, President of CACA-CANO; Patsy Yates, ISNCC President Elect; Brenda Nevidjon, CEO of ONS; and Winnie So, President of AONS.

My Reflection on ICCN 2016

February 10th, 2017 in ICNN Articles

Author: Yue Wang, Postgraduate Student, Oncology Nursing

Affiliation: Xijing Hospital of the Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an,Shaanxi Province, China

Firstly, I want to give my great thanks to the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care for providing me with conference scholarship to attend this fabulous ICCN 2016 in Hong Kong. There are diverse topics, advanced theory and interesting researches in this conference. It was really an unforgettable event in my life because it broadened my horizon, empowered me to grow professionally, and enabled me to build partnerships for further collaborations.

Thanks to my supervisor, Pro. Jufang FU, for encouraging me to attend this conference and many thanks to John for giving me sincere help before the conference. Also, greatly thank Dr. Winnie So for organizing the tour to Chinese University of Hong Kong, so that we would have the opportunity to learn about the history and academic environment of CUHK.

I have learnt the new progress of oncology nursing all over the world. During the preconference workshop, I saw the situation of survivorship care plan (SCP) in Japan, England, and Australia, which still needs to be developed in mainland of China. Also, I got the essence of publishing paper, including creative thinking, countless hours in the library, persistence, writing and re-writing. What impressed me most was the poster exhibition, where I have learnt some new interventions and techniques on cancer nursing, such as a theory-based hope intervention for cancer caregivers and an application program for instructional material regarding to chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. I also deeply felt the importance of Chinese traditional culture in Hong Kong in the opening and closing ceremony.

I still remember what Dr. Stella, ISNCC President, said in the closing ceremony, “We are all nurses and we all do the same thing—caring for cancer patients!” I was always inspired by this simple sentence that we must stick to the mission of oncology nurses wherever we are and whatever position we possess. And I shared it with my colleagues.

When I came back to Xi’an, I shared my experience in ICCN 2016, some information of ISNCC and ICCN 2017 with nurses specialized in cancer care in Shaanxi Province in Oct. 2016. And we intend to develop a framework of survivorship care plan appropriate for mainland of China to facilitate the recovery of cancer patients.

Thanks for ISNCC again and I hope to see oncology nursing in China will keep improving!

The Israeli Nursing Oncology Society Celebrates its 30 years establishment

December 8th, 2016 in ICNN Articles

Authors: Dr. Ilana Kadmon and Yael Ben–Gal RN, MSN

Affiliation: Hadassah and the Hebrew University School of Nursing Faculty of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel and Schneider Children Hospital, Israel

As a Board memeber of the Israeli Nursing Oncology Society,whom this year join  ISNCC I wanted to share with you the celebrations of its 30 years establishment.

During July the Israeli Oncology Nursing society celebrated 30 years! In the traditional annual conference which is held every summer, this was a special conference for all the members of our society, marking the 30 years of our society establishment. This conference was a very meaningful event, which was different from any of the other annual conferences, which were based on presentations of selected papers. This time the program was indeed other than these traditional meetings. At the beginning we had the usual opening of our Chair, Livia Kislev and from the Head of the Israeli Cancer Association, Mrs. Miri Ziv. We also showed a video clips from the Chair of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the Chair of EONS – Prof. Danny Kelly. Then two other greeting messages were read from our partner organizations – International Society of Nursing in Cancer Care and the Asian Oncology Nursing Society.

The scientific part of the conference Started with a clinical panel entitled “On nursing, society ethics and medicine”. Three case studies were presented by professional acters. After each case, there was a panel of expert, which included a nurse, a psycho-oncologist and two medical doctors.

After the discussion, there was a lecture given in the TED format on the issue of mass communication. This meant an expert giving a frontal lecture with no slides or any written material and only presenting it orally. This lecturer was awarded to give such a frontal talk about inventions he was involved with, by the TED organization worldwide. He discussed all what this meant for him and how he achieved this unbelievable goal, which he also wrote a book about. This lecture was then followed by expert nurses from our organization who gave such a TED talk on their own expertise. The first lecture focused on the treatment of colleagues with cancer, the second on the role of positive emotions in children with cancer, the third on immunotherapy and the last lecture on the influence of “oncology nurse” within ourselves on other aspects of our lives.

After that, there was another panel of experts called: “What the future holds?” The panel focused on health trends in the world and in Israel, New trends in oncology and finally trends in palliative care. The panel included four lectures followed by a multidisciplinary discussion.

During the congress there was another panel: “Nostalgia and humor in Oncology Nursing” of “senior” oncology nurses, who discussed their previous experience with cancer nursing.

There was also a short dance by nurses from the society and also a short song nurses. The end was the traditional price winning of 4 nurses who contributed to the organization.

This conference well marked the 30 years of the establishment of our society and we thank all the other societies with whom we are closely linked with, such as ISNCC, and of course all the presenters!!!







ISNCC and Union for International Cancer Control Collaborative

August 25th, 2016 in ICNN Articles

ISNCC and Union for International Cancer Control Collaborative: Cervical Cancer Program in Latin America (English, Español, Português)


Catherine Johnson, Newcastle, Australia

Luz Esperanza Ayala de Calvo, Bogota, Colombia

Marise Dutra Souto, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson, Panama City, Panama

Victoria Brunelli, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Project Team

Project Team (L to R) : Maria del Rosario Caballero Tinoco, Lisseth de Campos (UICC representative) Maria Elena Reyes Nieto, Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson, Catherine Johnson, Marise Dutra Souto, Luz Esperanza Ayala de Calvo, Carla Ford (Association Coordinator, ISNCC) and Irma Medrano (Workshop Participant, Bolivia)

group pic

Workshop Partcipants in Bogota, Colombia.

Latin America has one of the highest rates of incidence and mortality from cervical cancer. Effective early detection strategies have been in place for many years and are now complemented by the availability of a vaccine to protect against some forms of cervical cancer. Vaccination prophylactic against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which can help prevent cervical cancer, is approved for use in most Latin American countries; however, few have implemented national immunization programs.

The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) and its partners, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a review of cervical cancer in Latin America. The review identified 4 key issues for action, focused on i) education, ii) screening participation, iii) data monitoring and iv) cultural/ indigenous needs.

Subsequently an educational curriculum on Cervical Cancer, using WHO Guidelines was developed by 4 regional Nurse champions:

Victoria Brunelli from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Marise Dutra Souto from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson from Panama City, Panama
Luz Esperanza Ayala de Calvo from Bogota, Colombia

The curriculum is divided into 7 modules. The workshop topics included Introduction, Prevention and Control Programs, Community Mobilization, Education and Counselling, HPV Vaccination, Screening and Treatment of Cervical Pre-cancer, Diagnosis and Treatment of Invasive Cervical Cancer, and Palliative Care.

The curriculum has been successfully delivered via three ‘train the trainer’ workshops hosted in Lima, Peru, San Salvador, El Salvador (September 2015) and Bogota, Colombia (July 2016). The objectives of the workshops were to build capacity in cervical cancer prevention and screening amongst nurses from various countries in Latin America.
The San Salvador workshop was led by Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson and Luz Esperanza Ayala de Calvo. This workshop attracted 45 participants from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
The Lima workshop was led by Victoria Brunelli and Marise Dutra Souto. A total of 45 participants from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru attended.
The final workshop, in Bogota, was led by Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson and Luz Esperanza Ayala de Calvo. A total of 32 participants from Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico attended.
The workshop in Bogota, Colombia concluded current round of funding for the ISNCC and Union for International Cancer Control Collaborative project.
The project team has now commenced work on a new project funded by the American Cancer Society. The project is part of All of Me (Todo mi ser in Spanish); a program designed to encourage health care providers to integrate breast and cervical cancer education intervention in their practice. ISNCC will expand the scope of the curriculum to include breast health and breast cancer screening and to further develop the skills required for nurses to encourage their female patients to think of their bodies as a whole and what they can do over their lives to live well and stay healthy within three target countries (Brazil, Colombia and Mexico).
The project team welcomes Maria del Rosario Caballero Tinoco and Maria Elena Reyes Nieto from Mexico City, Mexico. The project team looks forward to reporting further on these projects at the International Conference on Cancer Nursing, Hong Kong, later this year.


Colaboración Internacional de la ISNCC y la Unión para el Control del Cáncer: Programa de cáncer cérvico uterino en América Latina.

América Latina tiene una de las tasas más altas de incidencia y mortalidad por cáncer de cuello uterino. Durante muchos años han estado en vigor estrategias eficaces de detección temprana y ahora se complementan con la disponibilidad de una vacuna para proteger contra algunas formas de cáncer de cuello uterino. La vacunación profiláctica contra el Virus del Papiloma Humano (VPH) que puede ayudar a prevenir el cáncer de cuello de útero, está aprobada para su uso en la mayoría de los países de América Latina, sin embargo, pocos han implementado programas nacionales de inmunización.

La Sociedad Internacional de Enfermeras en el cuidado del cáncer (ISNCC) y sus socios, la Unión Internacional para el Control del Cáncer (UICC) y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) realizaron una revisión sobre el cáncer cervical en América Latina. La revisión identificó 4 temas clave para la acción, se centró en i) educación, ii) participación en el tamizaje o cribado, iii) control de datos y iv) las necesidades culturales especiales y de grupos como los indígenas.

Posteriormente, utilizando las directrices de la OMS,  fue desarrollado  un programa de educación sobre el cáncer de cuello uterino, por 4 líderes regionales de enfermería:
Victoria Brunelli, de Buenos Aires, Argentina,
Marise Dutra Souto, de Río de Janeiro, Brasil,
Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson, de Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá,
Luz Esperanza Ayala de Calvo, de Bogotá, Colombia.

El plan de educación se divide en 7 módulos. Los temas de los módulos incluyen: Introducción, programas de prevención y control, movilización de la comunidad, educación y orientación o consejería, vacunación contra el VPH, detección y tratamiento del lesiones pre malignas de cáncer cervical, diagnóstico y tratamiento del cáncer invasor de cuello uterino, y cuidados paliativos.

El plan educativo se ha desarrollado con éxito a través de tres jornadas de un día, tipo taller de “formación de formadores” en tres ciudades: Lima, Perú y San Salvador, El Salvador (en septiembre de 2015) y Bogotá, Colombia (en julio de 2016). El objetivo de estos talleres fue incrementar la capacidad de las enfermeras de diversos países de América Latina, en la prevención y detección del cáncer de cuello uterino.

El taller de San Salvador fue desarrollado por Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson y Luz Esperanza Ayala de Calvo. Este taller atrajo a 45 participantes de Belice, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua y Panamá.
El taller de Lima fue dirigido por Victoria Brunelli y Marise Dutra Souto. Asistieron 23 participantes de Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Paraguay y Perú.

El último taller, en Bogotá, fue realizado por Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson y Luz Esperanza Ayala de Calvo, con un total de 32 participantes de Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica y México. Este taller en Bogotá concluyó la actual ronda de financiación para el proyecto colaborativo de la ISNCC y la Unión International para el Control del Cáncer

El equipo de trabajo ya ha comenzado a trabajar en un nuevo proyecto financiado por la Sociedad Americana del Cáncer. El proyecto forma parte de All of Me (“Todo mi ser” en español), un programa diseñado para motivar a los proveedores de atención en salud a integrar en su práctica la educación y la intervención sobre el cáncer de mama y el de cuello uterino.  La ISNCC ampliará el alcance del plan de educación para incluir el cuidado de la salud de la mama y el cáncer de mama y para desarrollar las habilidades requeridas por las enfermeras para alentar a sus pacientes de sexo femenino a pensar en su cuerpo como un todo y lo que pueden hacer sobre sus vidas para vivir bien y mantenerse saludable, dentro de los tres países de destino (Brasil, Colombia y México).
El equipo del proyecto da la bienvenida a María del Rosario Caballero Tinoco y María Elena Reyes Nieto de Ciudad de México, México. El equipo de trabajo espera ofrecer más información sobre estos proyectos en la Conferencia Internacional de Enfermería Oncológica, en Hong Kong, próximamente, este año.


Projeto de Colaboração entre a ISNCC e a União Internacional para Controle do Câncer: Programa de Câncer do Colo do Útero na América Latina

A América Latina tem uma das mais altas taxas de incidência e mortalidade por câncer do colo do útero. Há muitos anos já está em vigor estratégias eficazes de detecção precoce  e agora estão complementado pela disponibilidade de uma vacina para proteger contra algumas formas de câncer cervical. A vacinação profilática contra o papilomavírus humano (HPV), que pode ajudar a prevenir este câncer, foi aprovada para uso na maioria dos países latino-americanos; no entanto, poucos têm implementado programas nacionais de imunização.

A ISNCC e seus parceiros, a União Internacional para Controle do Câncer (UICC) e os Centros de Controle de Doenças e Prevenção (CDC) conduziram uma revisão sobre câncer cervical na América Latina. A revisão identificou quatro questões-chave para a ação, com foco em i) educação, ii) participação na triagem, iii) monitorização de dados e iv) necessidades culturais / indígenas.

Posteriormente um currículo educacional sobre o câncer do colo do útero, usando as diretrizes da OMS, foi desenvolvido por quatro enfermeiras líderes regionais:
Victoria Brunelli de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Marise Dutra Souto do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson da Cidade do Panamá, Panamá
Luz Esperanza Ayala de Calvo de Bogotá, Colômbia

O currículo está dividido em sete módulos. O workshop incluíu os temas: Introdução, Programas de Prevenção e Controle, Mobilização Comunitária, Educação e Aconselhamento, Vacinação contra o HPV, Rastreamento e Tratamento de Lesões Precursoras, Diagnóstico e Tratamento da Doença Invasiva, e Cuidados Paliativos.

O currículo foi apresentado com sucesso através de três worshops ‘formar o formador’ realizados em Lima, Peru, San Salvador, El Salvador (ambos em setembro de 2015) e Bogotá, Colômbia (julho de 2016). O objetivo foi capacitar enfermeiros de vários países da América Latina em rastreamento e prevenção do câncer do colo do útero.

O workshop de San Salvador foi liderado por Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson e Luz Esperanza Ayala de Calvo, e reuniu 45 participantes de Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicarágua e Panamá.

O workshop de Lima foi liderado por Victoria Brunelli e Marise Dutra Souto. Representantes de Argentina, Brasil, Colômbia, Paraguai e Peru totalizaram 45  participantes.

O workshop final, em Bogotá, foi liderado por Myrna McLaughlin de Anderson e Luz Esperanza Ayala de Calvo. Bolívia, Colômbia, Costa Rica e México foram representados por 32 participantes.

Este workshop concluíu o atual ciclo de financiamento do Projeto de Colaboração entre ISNCC e UICC.

A equipe agora começou a trabalhar em um novo projeto financiado pela American Cancer Society. O projeto faz parte do All of Me (Tudo sobre Mim) um programa elaborado para motivar os prestadores de cuidados de saúde para integrar educação e intervenção sobre câncer de mama e do colo do útero na prática. ISNCC irá expandir o escopo do currículo atual e incluirá a saúde da mama e o rastreamento deste câncer.  A partir daí desenvolverá competências necessárias aos enfermeiros para incentivar suas pacientes a pensar em seus corpos como um todo e o que elas podem fazer em suas vidas para viver bem e permanecer saudável. Essa ação abrangerá três países-alvo: Brasil, Colômbia e México.

Foram saudadas as novas integrantes Maria del Rosario Caballero Tinoco e Maria Elena Reyes Nieto, representantes da Cidade do México, México. A equipe aguarda ansiosa para trazer mais informação sobre estes projetos na Conferência Internacional de Enfermagem Oncológica, em Hong Kong, ainda neste ano.


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