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EONS Newsletter


As we welcome Sara Torcato Parreira to our Executive Board, there are still several opportunities for EONS members to get involved with our organisation. Two Board positions are up for election and we are also seeking a volunteer fundraiser. Could any of these be you?


Executive Board: nominations open until 4 May
We would like to remind our full members that two positions on the EONS Executive Board are now open for nominations: President-Elect and Board member. Candidates applying for the Board member role would ideally have an interest in the Communications portfolio, but this is not essential. To nominate someone you must be an EONS full member (either an individual member or a member of an EONS National Society). There is a nomination form on the Board elections webpage, which you can download and fill in. You must email your completed form (or forms) to by 4 May 2017.
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Volunteer fundraiser needed
EONS is looking for a volunteer fundraiser to help our charity secure the funding to achieve its ambitious goals. Cancer nurses are at the heart of cancer care, and EONS helps to support and promote this vital work. Could you contribute by helping us raise funding? Ideally we are looking for someone with fundraising experience, though what’s more important is the drive to help cancer nurses. To offer your help, or find out more, contact Rudi Brike on
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Young nurse representative joins Board
EONS is delighted to announce that it has appointed its first young cancer nurse (YCN) representative as a non-executive member of the Board. Sara Torcato Parreira from Portugal will join the Board as an ambassador for YCNs in Europe. This role was created in response to feedback from our members, who felt that the unique challenges faced by younger oncology nurses require stronger representation. As our YCN representative, Sara will work with a network of peers across Europe to pinpoint these challenges and move towards solutions.
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Other News

Free app for TYA cancer care
Coventry University and the Teenage Cancer Trust have jointly developed a free web app that outlines the principles of caring for teenagers and young adults (TYAs) with cancer. It features contributions from expert TYA cancer-care professionals and a quiz with a downloadable certificate of completion. The app was developed in the UK, but many of the principles are internationally applicable and can be used for continuous professional development by nurses in other countries.
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How the ideal charity should spend its money
It’s a common complaint that charities dont spend enough money on their core beneficiaries, but does the public understand the other necessary costs? A survey by UK consultancy nfpSynergy finds that people who give money to charity are realistic about the need for charities to spend some of their income on admin, fundraising and campaigning. In fact, most people believe that charities spend a lot more on these other costs than they actually do. On average respondents said they would like charities to spend 57 percent of income on core beneficiaries, when the true figure is often 70 percent or more. This pessimistic view of how charities allocate their funding may be a barrier to giving.
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Manifesto on breast cancer centres
The European Breast Cancer Council has published a manifesto on breast cancer centres. The manifesto asks policy-makers and politicians to promote the use of specialist breast cancer units staffed by multidisciplinary medical teams. The evidence shows that multidisciplinary units save money as well as delivering better care. The manifesto also asks for an audit of current breast cancer provision at a national level.
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EU nurses already leaving NHS
An investigation by the UK’s Royal College of Nursing finds that many EU nurses left the UK after the referendum last year, months before the Article 50 process leading to Brexit was triggered. The Nursing and Midwifery Council register shows that 2,700 nurses from EU countries left the UK in 2016. Thousands of nursing posts in England are currently vacant and the situation is expected to worsen unless the Prime Minister guarantees EU nationals their right to remain.
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Value in cancer care: concept paper
A concept paper has just been published on the issue of value in cancer care. The paper addresses the different ideas of what ‘value’ actually means to cancer patients, professionals and policy-makers. One of the experts who contributed to the paper was Professor Daniel Kelly, EONS President.
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Glyphosate ‘not a carcinogen’
The risk assessment committee of the European Chemicals Agency has agreed not to classify the weedkiller glyphosate as a carcinogen. This means that the scientific evidence currently available does not link glyphosate to cancer in humans. However, glyphosate is still classified as causing serious eye damage and as being toxic to aquatic life. The committee’s view will be taken into account when the European Commission and member states decide on whether or not to renew glyphosate’s approval for use.
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ONS to hold annual congress
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) will hold its 42nd Annual Congress from May 4-7 in Denver, Colorado, USA. The conference will feature four educational tracks: Clinical Practice, Advanced Practice, Leadership Management Education and Research. Pre-conference sessions will include the following topics: Clinical Programming Built to Survive, Breaking Down Evidence-Based Practice, It Is a Big Deal: Obesity and Cancer, and Oncodermatology Nursing: Crash Course.
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New ESNO website
After three months of design, development and testing, the new ESNO website is now live. ESNO (European Specialist Nurses Organisations) is using the new site to share information about the upcoming ESNO Summit and the organisation’s new office in the heart of Brussels, as well as lots of other news and information. The site has been designed to ensure compatibility with smartphones and tablets.
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Future Events

5 May 2017
Radiotherapy: risk management
Vienna, Austria
This is an ESTRO 36 pre-meeting course focusing on practical approaches to clinical risk management, suitable for all professionals working in radiation therapy.
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22-24 June 2017
MASCC/ISOO annual meeting
Washington DC, US
Register by 5 April 2017 for an early-booking discount. (Regular registration deadline is 7 June 2017). Plenary session topics include Financial Toxicity, Side Effects of Immunotherapy and Precision Medicine.
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12-14 October 2017
Stomach and pelvic tumours: training
Genk, Belgium
ESSO is hosting a workshop on treatment for patients undergoing abdominal and pelvic cancer surgery. This course is aimed at specialist cancer nurses as well as surgeons.
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30 November - 1 December 2017
ESNO 2017
Brussels, Belgium
The ESNO 2017 summit brings together nursing leaders from all over Europe. Registration is now open.
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Useful links

Read EJON free online
The March issue of the European Journal of Oncology Nursing is now available to read free online.
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Oral care guidance
The European Oral Care in Cancer group (EOCC) has produced a set of guidelines for the oral care of cancer patients. This guidance is intended to help prevent and manage the oral complications of cancer treatment, such as mouth ulcers and dental decay. The guidance is endorsed by EONS, among other organisations.
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