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EONS Newsletter


Helen Oswald, EONS Communication ManagerEONS11 at ESMO 2018 took place in Munich at the end of last month. It was a huge success, with cancer nurses gathering from all over Europe to learn, share and grow their knowledge and skills. Find out all about it in this newsletter, plus lots of other top news about what’s happening in EONS and the wider cancer nursing world.


EONS11 Conference – ‘THE BEST YET!’
Pictures from the EONS11 Conference
The EONS11 conference at ESMO 2018 Congress was ‘the best yet’! The EONS11 three-day nursing track (20-22 October) offered a packed programme focusing on five major themes: cancer nursing leadership, symptom management, patient safety, new cancer research and cancer nurse roles. Participants also benefited from sharing ESMO 2018 medical oncology sessions and from a number of sponsored satellite symposia on important cancer nursing topics. The conference provided great opportunities for networking and sharing too. If you weren’t able to come this time, or want to revisit the wonderful memories, you can get a flavour of EONS11 on Twitter at #EONS11, on and at
A special issue of the EONS Magazine will report on the conference in late 2018/early 2019.
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Birgitte Grube receiving the EONS Lifetime Achievement Award
Many congratulations to Birgitte Grube, from Denmark, who was the very worthy recipient of this year’s EONS Lifetime Achievement Award at EONS11. Birgitte was an EONS Board Member for six years and our President from 2011-13. She currently works at the Danish National Centre for Grief and was previously head of education for advanced cancer nurses in Copenhagen and chief consultant at the Danish Nursing Council. Birgitte has also been a Board Member of the International Society for Nurses in Cancer Care. Accepting her award from EONS President-Elect Andreas Charalambous, Birgitte said: “Being an EONS Board member or President of EONS are an experience for life – you make friends forever. I can say with honesty; I would do it all again without hesitation!”

Medical professionals at ESMO 2018 and EONS11
This year, for the first time, EONS11 was held during the ESMO 2018 Congress. In addition to facilitating multi-professional team working and networking, this exciting collaboration offered unique educational opportunities for both nurses and medical oncologists. In a fascinating article in ESMO Magazine, three representatives from EONS share their thoughts on this highly successful joint venture. One of them, EONS President Lena Sharp, says: “As we see it, doctors and nurses are the foundation of cancer care, so it is important that we all work together in the best interests of our patients; so far it has been an extremely positive experience.” We also hear from Anita Margulies, Sara Parreira and ESMO President-Elect and ESMO 2018 Scientific Chair, Solange Peters, on the value of this groundbreaking collaboration.
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Picture of the Board members of the Spanish Society of Oncology
The Spanish Society of Oncology Nursing (SEEO) has a new board (pictured). President Angeles Peñuelas Saiz  said: “The new board aims to help Spanish oncology nurses become leaders in cancer care and ensure that all people affected by cancer benefit from the care of specialised nurses. The SEEO shares EONS’ mission, vision and values. We aim to reinforce communication ties across Europe and support the working groups to achieve their ends. At the same time, we want to spread the word about EONS so that more European nurses become interested in active participation in EONS.” Nuria Doménech Climent is Vice President, Nieves Gil Gómez is Secretary.

A group of 17 cancer nurses appointed by EONS, who participated in reviewing the ESMO Guides for Patients have been praised for their ‘outstanding contribution’. The patient guides are designed to assist patients, their relatives and caregivers to better understand the nature of different types of cancer and to empower them when discussing the available treatment choices, side-effects and the different steps in care. The guides, based on the ESMO Guidelines, translate complex medical information into a language understood by patients but at a slightly higher level than the usual patient brochures. ESMO has collaborated with EONS on the guides since 2014.
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A picture of the venue for the EONS Masterclass 2019
The 12th ESO/EONS Masterclass from 23-28 March 2019 will take place in Nauen OT Groß Behnitz (Berlin area), Germany. The Masterclass prepares cancer nurses for future senior roles and enhances their clinical knowledge in the management of the patient during all phases of the cancer journey. Following completion of this prestigious course, nurses will be able to use evidence-based knowledge in effective symptom management and interventions to improve patient experience, symptom management and care.
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Dimitrios Protogiros
We are offering a clinical fellowship programme for cancer nurses in Europe. The aim is to encourage the reduction of variability in outcomes of cancer care between countries, as well as within regions in each country, by giving cancer professionals the chance to experience working in multi-professional teams in accredited centres in Europe. Previous recipients have visited cancer centres in Switzerland, Italy and Portugal. For Dimitrios Protogiros (pictured above) from Greece, it was ‘the experience of a lifetime, educationally and culturally’. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity! Deadline extended to 22 November.
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EONS is seeking a reliable, flexible Finance and HR Officer reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and working closely with EONS team members to manage our finances and pay roll. The appointee will work with EONS two days per week on a flexible basis but primarily on Mondays and Tuesdays and be located for these days in EONS’ Brussels office. Either freelance or staff positions will be considered at rates to be negotiated. Deadline for Applications: 23 November 2018. Interviews will be held in the first week of December.
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Front cover of the European Journal of Oncology Nursing
Click here for access to the latest European Journal of Oncology Nursing (EJON) digital edition, free of charge to all EONS members. The latest issue is packed with interesting in-depth articles. (Your EONS membership number is not required to access this version of the journal.)

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

Have you thought of joining and becoming actively involved in the EONS Communication Working Group? We have three vacancies, starting from January 2019. We would particularly value receiving applications from people who have a passion for spreading the EONS word in a creative way! Please submit your CV and motivational letter addressed to Mr Johan de Munter and/or Ms Kicki Olausson, Chairs of the Communication Working Group, to Mariska Mooijekind, EONS Working Group Manager at: The deadline for applications is Friday, 16 November 2018. All applicants will be informed by early December, at the latest.
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Other News

Combining a targeted drug with hormone therapy could extend survival for some women with advanced breast cancer, according to new trial results. Women taking the drug palbociclib (Ibrance) alongside hormone therapy lived 7 months longer on average than those taking hormone treatment and a placebo. But statistical tests showed that the results should be treated with caution. The drug had greater benefits in women whose breast cancer had previously responded to hormone therapy alone. These women lived an average of 10 months longer with the combination treatment than those treated with the hormone therapy, called fulvestrant (Faslodex), and the placebo. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the ESMO Congress in Munich, Germany.

Introducing lung screening for people at high risk of lung cancer could reduce deaths from the disease, according to new unpublished research. A European study found the number of lung cancer deaths among men at high risk of lung cancer was 26% lower in those who had screening with a CT scan. The first glimpse of the highly anticipated results suggested the benefits could be even greater in women. But experts said closer scrutiny of the data will be needed once it’s published.
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Future Events

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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16-18 November 2018
SIOG 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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29 November - 1 December 2018
Cancer Diagnostics & Treatment Conference
Dublin, Ireland
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4-5 December 2018
Palestinian International Nursing Conference in Oncology and Palliative Care
Bethlehem, Palestine
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4-6 December 2018
Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Congress
Sydney, Australia
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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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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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27 September - 1 October 2019
ESMO 2019
Barcelona, Spain
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