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EONS Newsletter


Autumn is here and it’s time to think afresh about how we can build our skills to ensure the best in cancer care for our patients. In this newsletter, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to develop your knowledge and learn new things as you take your career forward.


2018 ESO-EONS Masterclass – Apply now!
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Next year’s ESO-EONS Masterclass in Oncology Nursing will take place in Berlin, Germany, from 24-29 March 2018. Apply now for this renowned career-boosting opportunity. The programme is designed for European advanced cancer nurses as a multi-professional joint event. This intensive course in up-to-date oncology will create a collective spirit of teaching and learning to improve clinical skills and patient care. Deadline: 1 December.
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EONS Research Travel Grant 2018 – Two awards of €2,500
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With an EONS Research Travel Grant you can go anywhere in the world to develop your research skills! It’s a fantastic opportunity to spend time with an established researcher or research team in another country and, in turn, improve clinical research practice in your own country. There are two grants of €2,500. Deadline: 17 November 2017.
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Welcome to new Board Member Johan De Munter
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EONS wholeheartedly congratulates Johan and looks forward to welcoming him to future EONS Executive Board meetings. The election results now move forward to the EONS General Meeting for member approval on Sunday 19 November from 09.10-10.30, in Ede, the Netherlands. Thanks to all the candidates for offering their experience and time to EONS.
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A quiet revolution in cancer therapy
Many cancer patients have been taking part in a quiet but fundamental shift in cancer therapy, whereby patients take oral chemotherapy at home. EONS President Danny Kelly examines the issues in his recent article about this revolution in treatment.
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EONS Leadership Summit – Places going fast, sign up now!
EONS Leadership Summit
Don’t miss the EONS Leadership Summit on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 November 2017 in Ede, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It’s a fantastic opportunity to advance your capacity and effectiveness as a leader. (There’s a grant for young cancer nurses (YCN) to attend too). Registration deadline: 15 October 2017.
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ECND 2017 – How did we do?
European Cancer Nursing Day (ECND) on 18 May 2017 made a huge impact – raising the profile of cancer nurses and calling for their contribution to be better understood and valued. It was also great fun, with EONS members across Europe posting photos of their activities on social media to celebrate this important day. EONS has now carried out an evaluation of the day. (Please put next year’s ECND date – 18 May 2018 – in your diary.)
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Other News

E-Learning on treatments for metastic breast cancer
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ecancer has produced a new, free e-learning module for nurses: Breast Cancer CDK 4/6 Inhibitors. This one-hour module guides you through the latest treatments available, with engaging mini-lectures, interactive slides and a clinically adapted case scenario. It includes quizzes to test your knowledge as you progress through the sections. You will receive one CME point upon successful completion. (The module is based on the satellite symposium held at the EONS 2016 Congress in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.) You must be a member of ecancer to take the module – join for free here:
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ICN appoints Interim CEO from Ireland
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has appointed Professor Thomas Kearns as interim Chief Executive Officer until a new CEO is appointed. Professor Kearns is taking a sabbatical from his role as the Executive Director of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
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WHO: Workforce is ‘beating heart’ of any health system
WHO European Region has agreed to transform the health workforce to ensure that it is sustainable and able to respond to current and future health needs. “The health workforce is the beating heart of any health system, and the cornerstone of universal health coverage,’ said Dr Hans Kluge, Director of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health, as he presented “Towards a sustainable health workforce in the WHO European Region: a framework for action”.
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‘Pen’ pinpoints cancerous tissue in 10 seconds
A new handheld device can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds, according to scientists at the University of Texas. They say it could make surgery to remove a tumour quicker, safer and more precise. And they hope it would avoid the “heartbreak” of leaving any of the cancer behind. Tests, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggest the technology is 96% accurate.
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EU staff in UK health sector need clarity
The UK’s NHS Confederation is pressing the UK government to provide reassurance to the 165,000 EU staff who work for the health and social care sector in the UK and are anxious about whether they will be able to remain in the future and under what conditions.
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Research Group update – Metaphors in palliative care
Ulrika ÖstlundUlrika Östlund of the EONS Research Working Group introduces a project that she believes is both interesting and important: Charlotte Hommerberg, the project’s leader, looks at how metaphors can have powerful effects on the way we understand and experience life, particularly in the kind of emotionally and psychologically challenging situation that confronts patients with chronic cancer.
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Future Events

6 October 2017
The 10th Annual Royal Marsden Breast Cancer Meeting: Hot Topics in Breast Cancer
London, UK
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9-11 November 2017
SIOG Annual Conference
Warsaw, Poland
Don’t miss this key conference on care of older patients with cancer. A new joint EONS/SIOG session will feature in the programme (more soon). Lower registration fees for nurses!
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15-17 November 2017
10th Annual EUROHNC
This three-day course will cover the current management of head and neck cancer within a multidisciplinary framework.
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5-7 December 2017
2nd Global Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Congress
Atlanta, USA
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11-12 December 2017
ERAS-ESSO Course on Peri-Operative Care in GI Surgery
Maastricht, The Netherlands
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21-23 March 2018
European Breast Cancer Conference
Barcelona, Spain
Registration for EBCC-11 now open. A unique multidisciplinary event for all professionals with an interest in breast cancer. Early rate deadline 23 October 2017.
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10-11 May 2018
7th World Congress on Breast Cancer
Frankfurt, Germany
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28-30 June 2018
MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting
Vienna, Austria
Learn about new directions in supportive cancer care
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7-9 September 2018
ECCO 2018 European Cancer Summit
Vienna, Austria
Save the date!
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23-26 September 2018
ICCN 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
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