August 2016 VOL 7, NO 7

Letters from Lillie

Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship: Bringing the Excitement of the Navigation Movement to You

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

Dear Navigators, I hope this issue of the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) finds you well and enjoying all the summer has to offer. We at JONS and [ Read More ]

Interview with the Innovators

Cancer Stem Cell Research: A New Frontier in the Fight Against Cancer

An Interview with Stanton L. Gerson, MD, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Zev A. Wainberg, MD, University of California, Los Angeles

In recent years, we have heard that cancer is becoming a chronic condition with patients benefiting from personalized treatment strategies, including biomarker identification and related targeted therapies and immunotherapies. However, [ Read More ]

Breast Cancer, Original Research

A Pilot Study of a Virtual Navigation Program to Improve Treatment Adherence Among Low-Income Breast Cancer Patients

Kathy J. Helzlsouer1,2; Susan E. Appling1,3; Lisa Gallicchio1,2,4; Dawn Henninger5; Ryan MacDonald1; Shannon Manocheh1; Susan Scarvalone1; Arti P. Varanasi6
1The Prevention and Research Center, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
2Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
3Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
4Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
5Center for Cancer Prevention and Control, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, MD
6Advancing Synergy, LLC, Baltimore, MD

Background: Socioeconomic disparities negatively impact completion of adjuvant breast cancer treatment. Navigation programs may improve treatment completion but may not be accessible to all patients, especially in low-resource communities. Objectives: [ Read More ]

Learning Guide

Community Outreach and Prevention

Margaret Rummel, RN, MHA, OCN, NE-BC
Oncology Nurse Navigator-Hematology and Head and Neck Services
University of Pennsylvania, Abramson Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA

Navigation is an important aspect of oncology care. The National Cancer Institute Center for Health Disparities defines patient navigation as follows: “Patient navigation refers to support and guidance offered to [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Game-Changing Immunotherapy Presents Unique Challenges for Navigation

Immunotherapy is changing the landscape of therapy for patients with cancer and is resulting in a new population of cancer survivors for whom survivorship issues will need to be evaluated [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Cancer Care Landscape: Several Policy Changes Encourage Survivor Care

Policy changes and healthcare payment reform are among the items that will affect the way that cancer patients access care in the near future, said Christin Engelhardt, BS, National Coalition [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Nurse Navigators Can Help Ease Depression in Cancer Patients

Oncology nurse navigators can improve outcomes, quality of care, and patient experience by recognizing and addressing the emotional toll that a cancer diagnosis can take on a patient, the family, [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Early Palliative Care: The New Frontier

Earlier palliative care for oncology patients with advanced cancer is the new frontier. Palliative care given alongside usual oncologic care in such patients maintains or improves survival and improves quality [ Read More ]

Oncology Nursing Society

Discharge Before Noon: Possible Through Nurse-Led Initiative

A nurse-led initiative to discharge patients before noon has paid off at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, according to Kathleen Edmondson-Martin, MA, RN, OCN, Clinical Nurse Manager in [ Read More ]

Oncology Nursing Society

Electronic “Facility Board” Provides Easy Look at Patient Status

An electronic “facility board” situated on a wall in the nurses’ station of a medical/surgical unit led to more clinical interventions for abnormal vital signs, a reduction in falls among [ Read More ]

Oncology Nursing Society

Navigating Patients Toward the Dental Chair

Getting patients to the dentist may not seem like an oncology nurse navigator’s duty, but that’s exactly the task assigned to Colleen Palay, BSN, RN, oncology nurse navigator at the [ Read More ]

Oncology Nursing Society

Redesign of Workflow Facilitates Inpatient Chemotherapy Admissions

A hematology unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, succeeded in greatly reducing chemotherapy wait time and increasing satisfaction among inpatients, as described by Elena Lubimov, RN, [ Read More ]

American Society of Clinical Oncology

ASCO 2016 Annual Meeting

More than 30,000 healthcare professionals from around the world attended the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. The theme of this year’s meeting was [ Read More ]

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Navigation “Refresher” Provided by Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS

With patient navigation now established as a valuable component of cancer care, most providers understand what “navigation” means, but fresh insights such as those provided by a veteran of navigation, [ Read More ]

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Nurses Help Capture Patients’ Life Goals and Stories

The identification and fulfillment of their life goals should be an essential part of the care that cancer patients receive, according to Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS. “The patient [ Read More ]