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.
- Treat cancer as chronic disease.
- The support for the comorbidity diseases and frail patients.
- Provide personalized symptom management.
- 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
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!
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
- Stemming the tide: innovations in prevention and screening
- Closing the gap: quality cancer treatment and diagnosis for all
- Improving patient and family experiences
- Strengthening cancer control: optimising outcomes of health systems
- 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
Author: Lam Choi Hung, Carol
Affiliations: Breast Cancer Case Manager, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong
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!!!