December 2016 VOL 7, NO 11

Letters from Lillie

Reflecting on the Year Past – Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

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

Dear Navigators, As we close out another year, I would like to thank you, our Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) reading community, for your support, encouragement, and loyalty. [ Read More ]

Interview with the Innovators

Treating the Whole Patient: A Patient-Centered Program Integrating Evidence-Based Complementary Therapies with Traditional Cancer Care

An Interview with Stephanie Hoopes, RN, BSN, OCN, HNB-BC; Jo Weathers, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN; and Trish Leighton, MSN, Ed OCN, Nurse Navigators from the Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship at the Greenville Health System Cancer Institute


Ms Hoopes is an oncology certified and board certified holistic nurse and survivorship nurse navigator with Greenville Health System. She holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the [ Read More ]

Original Research

Patient Satisfaction with Oncology Nurse Navigation Services

Peggy Malone, RN, BS, OCN
Lisa Bruno, RN, BSN, OCN
Order of Saint Francis Center for Cancer Care, Rockford, IL 

The concept of patient navigation was first described by its founder, Harold Freeman, MD, as interventions initiated in cancer care for the purpose of reducing barriers to timely screening, diagnosis, [ Read More ]

Breast Cancer, Original Research

Quantifying the Relational Dimensions of Study Staff in a Randomized Controlled Trial Among African American Women Recommended to Receive Breast Cancer Chemotherapy

Sarah F. Gallups, RN, BSN, MPH; Mary Connolly, RN, BSN; Jacqueline Simon, BA;
Margaret Q. Rosenzweig, PhD, FNP-C, AOCN, FAAN
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA


Background: The Adherence, Communication, Treatment, and Support (ACTS) randomized controlled intervention study was a one-time psychoeducational intervention encouraging adherence of African American women to prescribed chemotherapy. Surprisingly, 98% of both [ Read More ]

Association of Community Cancer Centers

Spiritual Care of Cancer Patients Across the Continuum

Through staff collaboration and the creation of patient narratives in electronic medical records (EMRs), spiritual care plans encourage caregivers to remember the human spirit of their patients with cancer, according [ Read More ]

Breast Cancer, ESMO 2016

Potentially Practice-Changing: Ribociclib/Letrozole Combo in Advanced Breast Cancer

The addition of the selective CDK4/6 inhibitor ribociclib to letrozole significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) in hormone receptor–positive (HR+) advanced breast cancer. Compared with letrozole alone, the combination of ribociclib/letrozole [ Read More ]

Genetic Counseling

Risk and Management Updates for Inherited Colorectal Cancer

Cristi Radford, MS, CGC; Courtney Lewis, MS, CGC


Advances in technology and decreased testing costs have led to a rise in the number of genes associated with inherited cancer risk for which testing is clinically available. At the [ Read More ]