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EONS Newsletter


Helen Oswald, EONS Communication ManagerThe festive season is nearly here. What a wonderful year this has been for EONS! The highlights were of course ECND2018 in May and EONS11 in October, with lots of other great things going on throughout 2018 as well. Plans are underway to make 2019 just as fantastic and to build on our work to ensure that cancer nursing is recognised as a specialisation throughout Europe. But for now it’s time to rest, reflect and spend time with family and friends. EONS would like to send you the warmest wishes for a truly refreshing break.
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Safety materials
One of the objectives of the EONS Advocacy Working Group (AWG) is to raise awareness on safety in cancer care across Europe, and the AWG is currently exploring what is being done in this very important area – considering which organisations we could work with and examining the current situation in countries across Europe. By ‘safety’ we mean both occupational safety and patient safety: an article in the magazine of the European Parliament has highlighted the risks healthcare workers face and is calling for more action. Watch this space for how EONS plans to make a difference.
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Participants at the 2017 workshop
Are you an oncology nurse with a clinical question that seeks to improve cancer care? Are you interested in research too? Then, this workshop is for you. Following on from a series of previous successful events, EONS invites you to attend the 6th Research Proposal Workshop from 5-7 June 2019 in Athens, Greece. The workshop will provide a supportive and constructive learning environment in which you will begin to develop your ideas into a research proposal. The workshop will be packed with taught sessions, small group work, participant presentations, and focussed discussions to increase your research confidence and skills. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2019 (5pm CET). Spaces are limited so apply now to secure yours.
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The European School of Oncology (ESO) has pioneered the concept of live online sessions for cancer professionals. Here are two important ones to put in your 2019 calendar right away:
Recognising depression and suicidal ideation in the cancer setting – e-session 472 – 7 March 18.15/19.00 CET, 17.15/18.00 GMT. Expert: Friedrich Stiefel, University Hospital Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. Discussant: Mary Moriarty, Psycho-Oncologist, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
Immunotherapy related toxicities (held in collaboration with EONS) – e-session 478 – 18 April 18.15/19.00 CEST, 17.15/18.00 BST (but you are kindly requested to be available from 17.30 CEST/16.30 BST). Expert: Aileen O’Meara, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Oncology, St. Vincent’s University Hospitals, Dublin, Ireland. Discussant: John Haanen, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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More and more biosimilars for cancer are emerging as patents on widely used biological drugs expire. EONS and ESMO would like to collect information to understand the current knowledge, use and acceptance of biosimilars in cancer nursing. We also want to know whether there is a need for additional cancer nurse support and training on biosimilars in cancer treatment. Please help by taking our 10 minute survey.

TITAN 2018 logo
The EONS TITAN programme is a training and education initiative designed to improve nurses’ skills and knowledge when working with patients with cancer-related thrombocytopenia, anaemia and neutropenia. The updated programme, TITAN 2018, is available upon application for EONS members who intend to organise a TITAN course in their own country. If required, a total of five translation grants (2,000 EUR each) are available on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information and to apply, please see here

Other News

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all cancers in Europe. Responsible for over 95,000 EU deaths every year, life expectancy at the time of diagnosis is just 4.6 months. Improvements in patient outcomes have largely stood still for the past four decades. A new report ‘Pancreatic Cancer Across Europe – Taking a united stand’ provides a concise overview on the state of pancreatic cancer across the continent and calls for six initiatives to transform pancreatic cancer outcomes by 2035.
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What is the public’s opinion towards tobacco control regulations in the EU? A new survey of Europeans, one in four of whom smoke, has revealed some interesting views, including respondents placing curbing tobacco consumption ninth in a list of 10 key health objectives.
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In a paper published last month in Nature Medicine, William Murphy of the University of California Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, USA, and colleagues described a paradoxical impact of obesity on cancer: heightened immune dysfunction and tumour progression, but also greater antitumour efficacy and survival after immune checkpoint blockade which directly targets some of the pathways activated in obesity.
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Have you had a chance to look at the European Nursing Research Foundation's quarterly newsletter yet? Whether you're interested in research, or more broadly in the future of health in the EU, it's full of interesting updates. This month’s issue covers Horizon 2020, funding for social innovation, open access to research, progress in preventing AMR, and much more. You can read the most recent and previous issues here

Future Events

15 December 2018
ESMO Immuno-Oncology Congress 2018
Geneva, Switzerland
Satellite Symposium: Harnessing the power of immunotherapy in advanced non-small cell lung cancer
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1-2 February 2019
HNHCP – 4th Educational Conference for Nurses & Allied Healthcare
Zurich, Switzerland
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21 February 2019
ESNO Congress 2019
Brussels, Belgium
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11-12 March 2019
5th World Congress on Nursing and Healthcare
London, UK
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14-16 March 2019
International Congress on Innovative Approaches in Head and Neck Oncology (ICHNO)
Barcelona, Spain
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10-13 April 2019
European Lung Cancer Congress (ELCC)
Geneva, Switzerland
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23-24 May 2019
28th International Conference on Cancer Care
Vienna, Austria
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13-16 June 2019
EHA 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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21-23 June 2019
MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California, USA
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17-18 July 2019
Nursing Care Forum
New York, USA
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22-24 July 2019
6th World Nursing and Healthcare Conference
London, UK
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27 September - 1 October 2019
ESMO 2019
Barcelona, Spain
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