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EONS Newsletter


Helen Oswald, EONS Communication ManagerSummer is here and we hope you have some time to enjoy the sunny weather with friends and family. Looking after our patients is a year-round job and the EONS newsletter this month alerts you to the exciting new TITAN programme that's coming soon, invites you to join our Research Working Group – and there’s a new, quick and easy way to register for our EONS11 conference in Munich, Germany, this autumn. Register now!


EONS 11 and ESMO 2018 - registration now open
Registration for EONS11 at ESMO 2018 is now open! There’s a new, quick and easy way for you to register. Places will go fast, so don't miss it! REGISTER NOW. Our conference, in Munich from 20-22 October, will focus on cancer nursing leadership, symptom management, patient safety, new cancer research and cancer nurse roles. We have negotiated a special registration rate for nurses of €404.60. EONS members attending EONS11 will also have access to all ESMO 2018 sessions, posters, submitted abstracts and teaching sessions right through from 19-23 October. Register now by filling in this quick and easy online form:

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 has been approved by the EONS Board for wide dissemination to individual EONS members or to EONS National Society members. TITAN 2018 will be available for those who intend to organise a TITAN course in their own country upon submission of an online application to the EONS Secretariat. Stay tuned for this form on the EONS website.

EONS COO Emma Woodford
Calling all EONS members and cancer nurses in Europe! As you know, this year, the EONS11 conference (20-22 October will be held within the nursing track of the European Society of Medical Oncology's (ESMO) annual congress (19-23 October, Munich). This congress attracts thousands of medical oncologists from across the continent and this year will be the first time that they will officially be joined by EONS and our community of cancer nurses. You can register for the conference with a new quick and easy form. Plus you can look for a hotel close to the conference centre with a couple of clicks. We can now share more details with you of all the fantastic opportunities you will enjoy at EONS11!
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A nurse conduciting research
Are you actively engaged in research related to cancer nursing practice? Do you have the time, enthusiasm and commitment to help EONS develop research and its impact across Europe? If so, the EONS Research Working Group (WG) is looking for three new members and we invite you to apply! For more about the work of the Research WG go to The deadline for applications is 1 September. Details on how to apply.

This grant covers travel and accommodation costs for an expert speaker at an educational cancer nursing event taking place in 2018. National member societies, or organisations working with EONS member societies to jointly organise an event, are eligible to apply.
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Further to the fellowship programme which was launched for the first time in 2017, we are offering another ground-breaking opportunity for cancer nurses to spend time in a clinical setting specially designed to increase knowledge, improve professional development and encourage mobility within the EU and other countries in 2019.
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Our member societies, associate members and individual members will have received an email in April inviting them to renew their much-valued membership with EONS (for April 2018 to March 2019) by completing the relevant online membership form. For more information and to complete the corresponding online form, please go to If you have not yet done so, please renew your membership as soon as possible, in order to keep receiving up-to-date information from EONS and access your full membership benefits.

The EONS General Meeting (GM) will take place on the morning of Friday 19 October at the EONS11/ESMO conference venue before the start of the ESMO Congress. As a member of EONS, you will be able to hear about the work our organisation has been doing on your behalf over the last year and learn about our plans for the future. You will also be able to use your vote and participate in our decision-making process. More will follow about this, so stay tuned to the newsletter and the EONS website but please put the date in your diary now! NB: All those wishing to attend should register for EONS11, and let us know you are coming to the GM by contacting

Other News

The cover of the book The Royal Marsden Manual of Cancer Nursing ProceduresAn invaluable, definitive resource for all those involved in the provision of cancer care and support to patients and their families. The manual provides detailed evidence-based procedures and rationale, and problem-solving guidance on all aspects of oncology nursing. EONS members who order before 30 Sept 2018 enjoy a 20% discount. Use code VBQ44 on The manual:

  • is structured to represent the needs of the patient along their care pathway
  • provides the latest evidence underpinning all procedures
  • includes information on haematological procedures; pain assessment and management; wound care; oncological emergencies; and end-of-life care
  • gives detailed guidelines on supporting patients living with cancer with practical information on such things as benefits, exercise and nutrition.

A new WHO study shows evidence that health payments (paying for medicines and health services) are unaffordable for many people and cause financial hardship across the WHO European Region, including in high-income countries. The estimates prepared with data from 25 countries show that up to 8% of households cannot afford to pay for basic needs – food, rent, utility bills – after paying out of pocket for health care. This situation goes against the Tallinn Charter, which was adopted by 53 Member States of the Region in 2008, and states: “It is unacceptable that people become poor as a result of ill health”.
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A vaccine could help to significantly extend the lives of people diagnosed with brain cancer. People with glioblastoma who took part in a study lived more than twice as long as those on standard treatments in many cases, researchers say. The standard treatment for glioblastoma, the most aggressive of brain tumours in adults, involves removing the tumour followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The vaccine works by taking immune cells, known as dendritic cells, from the patients’ bodies and then combining them with a sample of their tumours. When the vaccine is injected back into the patient, the body’s entire immune system recognises the cancer to attack.
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Future Events

16-17 July 2018
International Conference on Biomarkers and Cancer Targets 2018
Dubai, UAE
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16-17 July 2018
2nd World Congress on Radiology and Oncology
Dubai, UAE
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17-18 August 2018
International Conference on Medical & Surgical nursing
Singapore City
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6 September 2018
London Breast Meeting 2018
London, UK
Common Problems in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery
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7-9 September 2018
ECCO 2018 European Cancer Summit
Vienna, Austria
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19-20 September 2018
7th International Public Health and Community Nursing Conference
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23-26 September 2018
ICCN 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
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6-8 October 2018
ESO-ESMO BCY4 (Breast Cancer in Young Women International Conference)
Lugano, Switzerland
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19-23 October 2018
ESMO 2018
Munich, Germany
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12-14 November 2018
27th International Conference on Nursing and Healthcare
Paris, France
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16-19 November 2018
SIOP 2018
Kyoto, Japan
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29 November - 1 December 2018
Cancer Diagnostics &Treatment Conference
Dublin, Ireland
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4-6 December 2018
Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Congress
Sydney, Australia
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21-23 June 2019
MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California, USA
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