December 2015 Vol 6, NO 6

Letters from Lillie

Preparing for the New Year

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG 

Hello to all of our Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) members. Happy holidays! We have another terrific issue of the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship for [ Read More ]


When Normal Changes

Penny Widmaier, RN, MSN 

Receiving a cancer diagnosis changes the lives of our patients and their loved ones forever. Hearing the spoken word “cancer” creates tremendous fear, panic, confusion, and grief. Patients often report [ Read More ]

Continuing Education

Cancer Survivorship: The Role of the Nurse Navigator

Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, Associate Center Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives & Health Equity, GW Cancer Center, Washington, DC 

To receive credit, complete the posttest at Introduction As of January 2014, nearly 14.5 million Americans were living with a history of cancer.1 Within 10 years, that number is [ Read More ]

Breast Cancer, Survivorship

Patients’ Views of Follow-Up Care After Treatment for Breast Cancer: A Comparison of 2 Approaches

Samantha Muktar, MBBS, MRCS, BMedSci; Paul T. R. Thiruchelvam, BSC, MBBS, FRCS, PhD; Dimitri Hadjiminas, MPHi, FRCS 

Background: Improved diagnostic methods and treatments for breast cancer have resulted in more survivors requiring follow-up care. Objectives: To assess patients’ views on breast cancer follow-up care and examine the [ Read More ]

Continuing Education

Highlights from the Sixth Annual Navigation and Survivorship Conference

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS | Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, CBCN 

To receive credit, complete the posttest at INTRODUCTION Navigation in healthcare has seen tremendous growth in recent years and is now considered an integral component of oncology care. At [ Read More ]

Conquering the Multiple Myeloma Continuum, Oral Therapies for Multiple Myeloma

Navigators Are Key in Encouraging Oral Therapy Adherence

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG 

Welcome to our first newsletter in the Conquering the Multiple Myeloma Continuum series, which focuses on adherence to oral medications in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). In the first newsletter, [ Read More ]

Conquering the Multiple Myeloma Continuum

A New Era of Oral Therapies for Multiple Myeloma : Implementing routines and strategies to promote adherence

Sabby Muneer, PhD 

Recent advancements in the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) have led to significant improvements in patient outcomes, including unprecedented survival rates.1 Such progress has allowed a paradigm shift toward a [ Read More ]

Oral Therapies for Multiple Myeloma

Incorporating Oral Therapy Compliance into the Routine of Patients with Myeloma

Cindy Chmielewski, Patient Advocate and Mentor 

Oral oncolytics represent 25% to 35% of the drugs in the oncology pipeline.1 They are patient friendly, allow patients to manage their treatment, and overall, have a less disruptive effect [ Read More ]

Oral Therapies for Multiple Myeloma

How to Communicate with Patients with Myeloma to Achieve the Best Outcomes

Deborah Christensen, RN, BSN, HNB-BC, Oncology Nurse Navigator, Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George, UT 

Treating cancer with oral medications that are taken at home sounds like a great idea, and it is, once adherence barriers are addressed. Likewise, years ago it was unthinkable that [ Read More ]

AONN+ 2015 Highlights

Implementing New Commission on Cancer Standards into Your Practice
And other news from the AONN+ 2015 Conference

Christine Erickson 

Aaron D. Bleznak, MD, MBA, FACS, Vice President and Senior Medical Director, Sentara Medical Group, Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, discussed the intent of the [ Read More ]

AONN+ 2015 Highlights

Applying Genetics and Genomics to Standard Cancer Care

Jennifer R. Klemp, PhD, MPH, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Survivorship Training, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Oncology, Director, Cancer Survivorship Center, University of Kansas Cancer Center, The [ Read More ]

AONN+ 2015 Highlights

Addressing the Gap in Oncology Rehabilitation Care

“Cancer rehabilitation is an area of care that our patients desperately need. There’s a lot we can do with small changes in our practices, and some big changes,” said Matthew [ Read More ]

AONN+ 2015 Highlights

Strategies for Screening and Managing Psychosocial Distress

Carol Gunsch, RN, BScN, CONc, de Souza nurse, Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Assessment Program Nurse Navigator, Grand River Hospital, Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and Maureen Watt-Smit, RN, BScN, [ Read More ]

Breast Cancer, Survivorship

Treating Sexual Dysfunction in Breast Cancer Survivors

Chase Doyle 

San Francisco, CA—Sexual dysfunction is prevalent in women with breast cancer, and is a consequence of treatment that pre- and postmenopausal women receive. As reported at the 2015 Breast Cancer [ Read More ]

Breast Cancer, Survivorship

Addressing Fertility Issues in Patients with Breast Cancer

Chase Doyle 

Fertility and early menopause after cancer can pose challenging emotional and medical issues for patients and their clinicians. Survivors who become infertile because of their cancer treatment are at an [ Read More ]

Lung Cancer

Multidisciplinary Care Preferred by Caregivers, Patients with Lung Cancer

Christine Erickson 

The multidisciplinary care model is perceived to be more patient-centered and efficient for patients with lung cancer than the serial care model, according to Satish K. Kedia, PhD, Professor, Division [ Read More ]

ONE Award

Barbara Antolino-Smith Named ONE Award Winner at AONN+ Conference

At the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Sixth Annual Conference, held in Atlanta, GA, in October, Barbara Antolino-Smith, RN, BSN, CPN, Pediatric Oncology Nurse, Penn State Hershey [ Read More ]

Psychosocial Support

Guiding Patients Through End-of-Life Care: The Magnitude of Psychosocial Support

Christine Erickson 

Patients’ experiences, self-awareness, self-confidence, dignity, and personal integrity represent the fundamental obligations of psychosocial care, according to John Wynn, MD, DFAPA, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University [ Read More ]

Financial Navigation

Expert Financial Navigation Is Critical for Patients’ Well-Being

Financial distress and toxicity are ongoing issues for patients with cancer, Dan Sherman, MA, LPC, Founder/President, The NaVectis Group, Caledonia, MI, explained in his presentation about the importance of financial [ Read More ]

Clinical Trials Tracker

Select Ongoing Trials Currently Enrolling Patients with Prostate Cancer

The following trials represent a selection of key clinical trials that are currently recruiting patients with prostate cancer for inclusion in investigations of new therapies or new combinations of available [ Read More ]