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EONS Newsletter


Helen Oswald, EONS Communication ManagerIt’s April and that means that we are just a month away from European Cancer Nursing Day – ECND2019! EONS members and national societies will hold celebratory activities and events calling for recognition of the positive impact that cancer nursing has on the quality of cancer care across Europe. Our theme this year is SAFETY – for cancer nurses and for their patients. A series of activities will take place to mark ECND2019 from 16-18 May. Find out more about how you can get involved in this newsletter. It’s going to be an exciting time!


European Cancer Nursing Day takes place on 18 May 2019
Start planning your events and activities now! A huge social media drive will bring cancer nursing to the attention of the world, using the hashtag #ECND19Go4Safety. This is YOUR chance to join the conversation and get involved. Let’s make sure everyone knows about ECND2019 and the importance of safety for cancer nurses, patients and their families. A toolkit of materials to help you organise your activities will be available soon on the ECND webpage at and you can take a look at what members did last year.
ECND2019 activities in our host city of Prague will include:
16 May – The EONS Board Meeting; 17 May – A roundtable discussion on safety featuring high profile speakers, and, a joint EONS Working Group Meeting. More on this soon.
And remember to take part in this year’s ECND Competition: The two categories are: ‘Best Event’ and ‘Most Creative Social Media’. The winners will receive free registration, travel and accommodation to attend EONS12 in Barcelona!
Don't miss this great opportunity!
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Don’t forget to send in your nominations for the EONS Executive Board Elections. There are three positions: President-Elect and two Board members, of which one will be a Young Cancer Nurse (max. age 34 years, one term of two years max.). To submit your nominations you must be an EONS Full Member i.e. either an individual member or a member of an EONS national society. You will find a nomination form on our Board elections webpage, which you can download and fill in. You must email your completed form to by 6 May 2019. We look forward to receiving your nominations!
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Submit an abstract to EONS12 by 8 May 2019
The EONS12 conference will be held at the ESMO Congress in Barcelona from 27 September to 1 October. Registration for EONS12 is now open! Our six themes for EONS12 are listed below. The call for abstracts related to these is also now open and the deadline for submissions is 8 May. Submit your abstract now under one of the following themes:
1. Patient and Occupational Safety
2. Translating Research into Practice
3. Symptom Management
4. Digital Innovations in Health
5. Living with and beyond cancer
6. Palliative and End of Life Care
The EONS12 draft programme is now available. Nurses attending EONS12 will also have access to all ESMO sessions, posters, submitted abstracts and teaching sessions. It’s fantastic value!
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For our young research nurse colleagues, please don’t forget about the Novice Research Dissemination Award. This award is open to applications from nurses with no experience of presenting their research outside their own country and less than five years’ experience of research. Two awards are available. The award includes funding towards travel, accommodation and the registration fee. The two winners will be asked to present their results briefly at the awards session at EONS12 in Barcelona this September. To apply, simply tick the box at the end of the abstract submission process (see EONS12 item above). Deadline is 8 May 2019.
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The EONS Advisory and General Meetings will take place on the morning of Friday 27 September at the EONS12/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. The full members attending the General Meeting will be requested to approve the Board election results. More will follow about this, so stay tuned but please put the date in your diary now! NB: All those wishing to attend these meetings should register for EONS12 and collect their conference badge at the venue before coming to the meeting. It would be great if you could let us know you are coming to the GM and AC by contacting See you there!

Research Travel Grant - call for applications now open
Two grants of up to EUR 2,500 each are available. The grant was created to enable a novice or established researcher to spend time with an established researcher or research group in another country, in order to build collaborations and facilitate research proposal development. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019.
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This grant covers travel and accommodation costs of up to EUR 1000 for an expert speaker at an educational cancer nursing event taking place in 2019. National member societies, or organisations working with EONS member societies to jointly organise an event, are eligible to apply. Deadline for applications is 10 May 2019.
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The European Journal of Oncology Nursing (EJON) is an international journal which publishes research of direct relevance to patient care, nurse education, management and policy development. You can now read the April issue and if you missed the February issue, you can catch up on that too. The journal is a great way to find out all the latest and it's free to EONS members. Find out how to access it here

News from across Europe

Members of the European Parliament
On 7 March, the European Biosafety Network – a network of lobbying organisations, some of whom are companies with various interests in safety devices – held a roundtable in the European Parliament on the prevention of exposure to hazardous drugs in the healthcare sector, hosted by MEP Sion Simon. A report was launched which shed light on safety measures and working conditions in hospitals across the EU. Evidence shows that hazardous cytotoxic drugs have been linked to complications during pregnancy, including higher incidences of spontaneous abortions, congenital malformations, low birth weight and infertility.
Yoline Kuipers from the European Commission stated that the directive on Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD) – which aims to protect workers – will be finalised by the end of April. Articles are embedded within the Directive which allow for further studies about the protection of workers across Europe and EONS is hoping to contribute to ensure that cancer nurses’ needs are met with European legislation.
In the meantime, this work shows the importance and relevance of our ECND campaign #ECND2019Go4Saftety – not only for cancer nurses and patients, but for policy makers and health managers too.
The meeting ended with all participants – MEPs, professional associations, representatives of Member States and the EU Commission – agreeing that a clear legislative framework and directive from the EU Commission and Institutions is needed to ensure safety for both healthcare professionals and patients.

Each year, more than 35,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer and more than 6,000 young patients die of cancer. The SIOP Europe and CCI Europe Manifesto for the European Elections of 2019 outlines the vision “Beating childhood cancer: Cure more and cure better – Towards zero deaths and zero late effects”. The paediatric oncology and haematology community in Europe together with parents, patients and survivors invites the next European Parliament to sustain and reinforce its support for the paediatric cancer cause.

This survey is part of the GASTROS study, which aims to standardise the reporting of critically important outcomes in surgical trials for gastric cancer. The study is the first to bring together patients, cancer nurses, surgeons and researchers from around the world to decide which outcomes should be reported as a minimum by future surgical trials for gastric cancer. The survey is available in eight different languages at and cancer nurses are warmly invited to take part.

The Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) Doctoral Student Network is conducting a short survey exploring connections between oncology nurses’ clinical and academic worlds. This information will help understanding of how oncology nurses’ graduate preparation can impact clinical care, and ultimately, impact the patient experience. Specifically, they are interested in:

  • How you decided to engage in graduate studies
  • How your academic work impacts your clinical work
  • How you engaged with clinical settings following/during your graduate work.

Future Events
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10-13 April 2019
European Lung Cancer Congress (ELCC)
Geneva, Switzerland
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20-25 May 2019
SIOP Europe 2019 Annual Meeting
Prague, Czech Republic
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23-24 May 2019
28th International Conference on Cancer Care
Vienna, Austria
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2-5 June 2019
European-African Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Congress
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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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
EONS/ONS/MASCC Joint Session: How Patients Feel Really Matters – Challenges and Opportunities for Oncology Nursing in a Digital Era. (Friday 21 June)
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21 June 2019
Fertility, Sexuality and Menopause in Cancer
London, UK
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24 June 2019
Thoracic Oncology Conference
London, UK
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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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12-14 September 2019
ECCO 2019 European Cancer Summit
Including two sessions by EONS: one about HPV and one on Cross Border Movement of Healthcare Workers and Specialisation
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27 September - 1 October 2019
ESMO 2019
Barcelona, Spain
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