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EONS Newsletter


Helen Oswald, EONS Communication ManagerIt’s nearly here! Later this month, we will gather in Munich for our conference – EONS11 at ESMO 2018! There are still some places left, so book now and be a part of the action. It’s going to be a life-changing experience! Find out why in this newsletter…


Poster for the EONS11 Conference
The EONS11 conference (20-22 October) is all about excellence in cancer nursing. This fantastic three days will renew your practice and transform your career. Together in Munich we will explore five major themes: symptom management, patient safety, cancer nurse leadership, roles and research. The final nursing track programme has now been released with details of all the sessions and symposia from our top quality speakers. Nurses attending will also have access to the whole ESMO programme too (19-23 October). It’s amazing value with the special rate for nurses of just over 400 Euros. Come to EONS11 and begin an exciting new chapter in your life! Book your place now!
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This year our conference is being held jointly with ESMO 2018. In this video, EONS’ Chief Operating Officer Emma Woodford talks about the main themes of the cancer nursing track at EONS11 and how mutual respect and trust in the multi-professional team is essential for ensuring the wellbeing of our patients. (A special EONS/ESMO joint session on 21 October will look at this and other key issues such as cancer nursing roles and leadership.)
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These EONS11 events will feature a range of expert speakers and cover a variety of important cancer nursing topics – from caring for carers to precision oncology, from nutrition to safety, and much more. They will be a great opportunity for learning and knowledge sharing. (The symposia are marked in blue on the EONS11 programme or you can see a list of all the satellite symposia.) Lunch and evening refreshments will be provided for participants at these sessions.
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Participants in the Masterclass in Budapest
The first Eastern European and Balkan Region Masterclass in Cancer Nursing took place in Budapest, Hungary, from September 20-22, 2018 and received a great response from EONS Members in the region: from over 130 applications, 41 cancer nurses from 14 eastern European countries were selected. The event offered on-site translations (Hungarian and Romanian to/from English) to ensure active participation for all. The Masterclass was a huge success and everyone agreed that it should be repeated, preferably in another part of the region, to meet the extensive need for post graduate training among cancer nurses in Eastern Europe. The event was a collaboration between EONS and European School of Oncology (ESO).
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The EONS General Meeting will take place on the morning of Friday 19 October at the EONS11/ESMO conference venue before the start of the ESMO Congress. All EONS members are invited to attend to hear about the work that's been going on over the last year, and our plans for the future. You will also be able to use your vote to participate in our decision-making process. Register for EONS11 to attend. (This will be followed by a meeting of the Advisory Council members in meeting room MRB11 at the ESMO 2018 Congress venue.)
* Join us for cocktails! EONS members attending EONS11 are kindly invited to a cocktail reception on Monday 22 October from 18.00 to 19.30, in the EONS lounge, Hall B4. Come and meet your fellow cancer nurses from all over Europe!
** Use your vote! All nurse participants are also invited to vote for the Best Poster Award. Voting slips will be available in the EONS lounge, Hall B4 and votes are welcome until Sunday 21 October at 16.00.

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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.
* A Biosimilars Symposium will also feature at EONS11, so do make sure you sign up to find out the latest on this important development in treatment.

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EONS COO Emma Woodford attended the European Health Forum in Gastein, Austria, on 3 October. Speaking about ‘What AI could mean for the future of the nursing profession’ in the session ‘The future is now – AI as a driver of sustainable healthcare?’ Emma said: “Artificial Intelligence is already changing the way that cancer nurses perform many tasks across Europe. The key to successful update will be in ensuring that AI is not driven by the desire for technology but arises from real needs, only then will it successfully add value to healthcare.” The session concluded that while AI will be useful for healthcare it should not be seen as a silver bullet that will solve serious issues around health workforce shortages and retention.
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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. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity! Deadline extended to 5 November.
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Have you thought of becoming actively involved in the EONS Education Working Group? There are now three vacancies on the group, active from January 2019. We would particularly value receiving applications from people who have a passion for supporting the learning of cancer nurses and a sound understanding of the delivery of education, which is relevant to current clinical practice. Applicants should submit a CV and motivational letter to Dr Rebecca Verity and Harald Titzer, co-chairs of the Working Group, to Mariska Mooijekind, EONS Working Group Manager at You can also come and speak to us about the role at EONS11, in the EONS Lounge. Deadline: 26 October 2018. All applicants will be informed by the end of November at the latest.
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Other News

Illustration of Professor James P Allison and Professor Tasuku Honjo. Illustration: Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Media AB 2018
Two scientists who discovered how to fight cancer using the body’s immune system have won the 2018 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. The work, by Professor James P Allison from the US and Professor Tasuku Honjo from Japan, has led to treatments for advanced, deadly skin cancer. Immune checkpoint therapy has revolutionised cancer treatment, said the prize-giving Swedish Academy. Experts say it has proved to be “strikingly effective”.
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There will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million people will die with the disease this year worldwide, a report predicts. The rise, from 14.1 million cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, is partly due to a growing and ageing population. The figures suggest one in five men and one in six women will develop the disease in their lifetime. And as countries become wealthier, more people get cancers related to lifestyle rather than those linked to poverty. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides regular snapshots of the scale of cancer around the world, looking closely at 36 different cancers in 185 countries.

The European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) has won the prestigious 2018 European Health Award. This award honours initiatives that help tackle some of Europe’s most pressing health challenges. The award-winning project, entitled ‘The European Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights: A Catalyst for Change and an empowerment tool for cancer patients across Europe’ involves an equal partnership between cancer patients, healthcare professionals and cancer researchers.
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Future Events

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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4-5 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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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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21-23 June 2019
MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California, USA
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