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!

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

Sharing on Lymphodema training 淋巴水腫之學習篇

December 22nd, 2016 in Reflection

Author: Lam Choi Hung, Carol

Affiliations: Breast Cancer Case Manager, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong

曾經是外科乳科護士的我,現為腫瘤科乳癌個案護士,一直抱著學海無涯的心態,希望通過不斷學習和實踐,盡力理解乳癌病人的身心需要,努力為病者及其身邊人提供更為適切的護理和照顧 。






淋巴水腫主要是由於手術及電療所引發的後遺症,可於治療或康復階段發生。雖然現今的前哨淋巴切除技術已經大大減少了淋巴水腫的出現,但病者擔憂受其影響的情緒卻沒有因此而減少 。護士在處理淋巴水腫的角色上,主要是教育、評估、輔導及轉介為主,包括:向病者講解淋巴水腫的成因;教授如何調整在生活細節中的護理以減低水腫出現的機會;提供適切和及時的評估;以及轉介病者進行相關的物理或職業治療。








回到工作崗位,我一直思索如何學以致用幫助病人施行人手淋巴引流按摩治療,由於醫院實際工作安排真的不容抽身,要把這個想法付諸實行絕對是一個挑戰。 最後唯有嘗試簡化整套人手淋巴引流按摩治療法,以教導病者自己在家施行。意想不到的是,教導了五位有初期淋巴水腫徵狀的病者後,當中有四位都興奮地回覆這簡化版淋巴引流按摩有著明顯的紓緩果效,這鼓舞了我繼續思考如何在醫院平台上多走一步,在病者等候轉介的期間可推廣有關淋巴引流按摩。雖然仍有許多不足及有待改善之處,但初步成績已大大加強了自己的信心,並進一步滿足病者的護理需要。



Practical Assessment

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!!!








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。


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