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EONS Newsletter


Helen Oswald, EONS Communication ManagerEuropean Cancer Nursing Day on Friday 18 May was a massive success! We hope you all enjoyed it. Below you can find out how to catch up on everything that happened on the day, at our advocacy event at European Parliament and at the launch of our new EONS Cancer Nursing Education Framework. In this edition, you are also reminded to register for EONS11 at ESMO, in Munich this October. Make sure you sign up soon!


Nurses spell out the RECaN logo in bright colours
European Cancer Nursing Day (ECND) on 18 May saw thousands of cancer nurses across Europe celebrate the vital work they do every day and call for proper recognition of this specialisation in every European country. (The picture here shows Spanish cancer nurses bringing the RECaN symbol to life.) You can catch up on all the exciting things that happened throughout the day and view fabulous pictures on our website at and on Facebook and Twitter at #ECND2018. Make sure you follow us on social media throughout the year to hear about all the fantastic things that EONS and its members are doing to promote, develop and support cancer nursing: and

EONS Board Members launch the frameworkThe new EONS Cancer Nursing Framework was launched on European Cancer Nursing Day, 18 May 2018. Download your free copy today! Introducing the updated Framework, EONS President Lena Sharp who led the revision project said: “This cancer nursing education document has proven to be very useful in many countries, with the previous version becoming the most downloaded document in EONS’ history. It has been used for a great many purposes, for example as a reference to advocate for more hours of training on certain topics, to promote development of new national cancer nursing programmes and career possibilities, to support continuing education programmes and as guidance for other educational events.”

EONS at the European ParliamentOn Wednesday 16 May, EONS held an advocacy event at the European Parliament with the MEPS Against Cancer (MAC) hosted by Marian Harkin MEP and the MAC President Alojz Peterle MEP to share the findings of the groundbreaking Recognising European Cancer Nursing (RECaN) project. Representatives from the European Parliament, patient representatives, EONS Board and members attended. The events highlighted the value of specialist cancer nursing and we shared powerful data gathered in Phase 2 of the RECaN project from four European countries (Estonia, Germany, Netherlands, UK) where nursing is at different stages of development.

Participants in the EONS Strategy Day
This groundbreaking event, in Brussels on 17 May, was a great opportunity for members of all EONS’ Working Groups (WG) to get together and make plans for the future of our organisation. The day was led by our President Lena Sharp and COO Emma Woodford. The WG members examined ways that their work and that of EONS as a whole could be made even more effective and future proof, ending in a discussion of how new ideas could be put into practice.
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Registration for EONS11 at ESMO 2018 is now open! 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. Registration should take just a few simple steps. Please let us know if you are having difficulty with the process by contacting
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The EONS Advisory and General Meetings 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 for the newsletter and the EONS website but please put the date in your diary now! NB: All those wishing to attend these meetings should register for EONS11, and let us know you are coming to the GM and AC by contacting

A first paper on the results of EONS’ groundbreaking RECaN project is now available online: ‘A scoping review of trials of interventions led or delivered by cancer nurses’ is published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies. EONS believes this is the first review to synthesise evidence from intervention studies across the entire cancer spectrum. As such, this work provides new insights into the nature of the contribution that cancer nurses have made to evidence-based innovations, as well as highlighting areas in which cancer nursing trials can be developed in the future.

In her new blog, EONS President Lena Sharp asks, Do nurses really have a role in cancer prevention? Drawing on recent evidence, she argues that we do: “Nurses are the largest group of health care professions and the most trusted profession in many countries. We have a central role to play in cancer care, working closely with patients and their loved ones during the cancer journey, which gives us a unique opportunity to impact both primary and secondary cancer prevention, among patients, their families and also staff. We also have the skills to intervene on lifestyle changes. Integrated and systematic approaches, intervening on all cancer risk factors including alcohol is recommended.”

The European School of Oncology (ESO) has pioneered the concept of live online sessions for cancer professionals. Some e-sessions are hosted with EONS, and these tend to be of great relevance to your nursing practice. The next one for your diary is Session 442 – Oral Care Guidance: An Update on 7 June. You can also still log on to see Session 439 – Recognising Oncologic Emergencies (on 17 May 2018) as a recorded session. A video of a recent Refresher course on Systematic Reviews in Cancer Care, Guidelines and Research is also now available. You can access these sessions free as an EONS member.
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Picture of EONS websiteIt’s time for a redesign of the EONS website to make sure we’re looking good and right up to date! Do you have the skills to undertake this exciting work, or do you know somebody who would be interested? Find out more
We also need someone to help with graphic design work. The right applicant will have flexible availability for intense working times two to three times per year and regular small pieces throughout the year (around 1-3 days a month). Do get in touch if you have the appropriate skills. Deadline extended to 10 June.

Other News

EuropaColon is running the first survey of its kind to seek the views of patients with oesophageal and gastric cancer across Europe The survey, online in 12 languages, can be found on the EuropaColon website: It is available for anyone who has been diagnosed with one of these cancers and can be completed online or downloaded for completing on paper. Once 100 replies from each country have been collected EuropaColon analyse and distribute the results. The responses from all these patients will be used to raise awareness of these cancers amongst Health Ministries, Policy Makers, the Media, Clinicians and anyone else who can help make a difference for patients.

Over the next 18 months, a Dutch study will investigate whether an Untire App – – can help cancer patients and survivors reduce their cancer-related fatigue and improve their quality of life. In total 6,000 participants will be recruited in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands. The University of Groningen has established an app survey page about this as well
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Touch Oncology will be hosting a 60-minute live broadcast on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at 13:00 CEST where the world-renowned expert, Professor Nadia Harbeck, Head of the Breast Centre at the University of Munich (LMU) in Germany, will be discussing key data in advanced breast cancer presented at this year’s ASCO meeting and here

The London Breast Meeting 2018 focuses on Common Problems in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery and takes place at the Royal College of Physicians, London. The One Day Nurses Programme is on 6th September 2018. The programme provides an opportunity for nurses and allied healthcare professionals to gain insights into the complete journey in breast reconstruction; encompassing genetics, oncology, psychology and the latest in breast reconstruction. The rate is: before 2nd July 2018, £65.00; after 2nd July, £85.00.
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Future Events
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20-22 June 2018
EHMA Annual Conference
Budapest, Hungary
The delivery of changes and how to improve health policy implementation from different perspectives. (Plus, a chance to win a prize and free entrance fee for papers on the health workforce.)
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24-26 June 2018
Lymphoma Management course
Oxford, UK
Special nurse stream on Sunday 24 June
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25-27 June 2018
Nursing & Healthcare Congress 2018
Dubai, UAE
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28-30 June 2018
MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting
Vienna, Austria
Don’t miss the EONS/ONS/MASCC Joint Session!
Sleep Disruption, Fatigue, and Related Symptoms Across the Cancer Trajectory in Patients and Caregivers
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5-6 July 2018
Advanced Nursing and Nursing Practice Congress 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
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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
Save the date!
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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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