February 2016 VOL 7, NO 1

Letters from Lillie

Navigating Barriers to Care with Outreach and Prevention

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

Welcome, Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) members, to 2016! We have created another great issue of the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) for you, and [ Read More ]


Transitioning from Oncology Treatment to Primary Care:
An integrative review of young adult cancer survivors

Carolyn Rooney, RN, MSN, OCN, NP-C 

Background Some of the many effects of cancer treatment include fatigue, memory/concentration changes, pain, nervous system abnormalities (eg, neuropathy), lymphedema, swelling, mouth/teeth problems, changes in weight and eating habits, difficulty [ Read More ]


Evaluating the Effects of a Physician-Referred Exercise Program on Cancer-Related Fatigue and Quality of Life Among Early Cancer Survivors

Staci Oertle, ANP-BC, MSN, AOCN; Sherry Burrell, PhD, RN, CNE, ACNS-BC; Melanie Pirollo, MS, RN, AOCN 

Background: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is the most common symptom experienced by cancer patients, and it may persist for years after treatment. CRF is a stressor that often results in poor [ Read More ]

Palliative Care

Implementing Palliative Care and Improving Quality of Life

Christine Erickson 

In her presentation at the Sixth Annual Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Conference in Atlanta, GA, Amy Velasquez, RN, BSN, OCN, Palliative Care Nurse Navigator, University of [ Read More ]

AONN+ Conference Highlights

Understanding and Managing Cultural Barriers in Lay Navigation

Christine Erickson 

Jean Sellers, RN, MSN, Clinical Administrative Director, University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chapel Hill, and her team use volunteer lay navigators who are trained to be [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Community Outreach and Prevention

Cheryl Bellomo, RN, MSN, OCN, CN-BN, and Pamela Goetz, BA 

In 1990, Harold P. Freeman, MD, noticed that African American women in the Harlem community had a higher incidence of breast cancer mortality.1 He observed delays in follow-up care after [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Novice Navigator: A Case Study on Community Outreach for Head and Neck Cancers

Pamela Goetz, BA; Barbara R. McHale, RN, BS, OCN, CBCN; Marian Gilmore, RN, OCN; Morgan Finn, RN 

In this community outreach example, the daunting challenges of treatment, and the impact on quality of life, drive the questions, “How can we better serve these patients?” and “Is there [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Seasoned Navigator: A Case Study on Community Outreach and Prevention for Lung Cancer Screening

Cheryl Bellomo, RN, MSN, OCN, CN-BN; Deborah Christensen, RN, BSN, HNB-BC; Tricia Strusowski, RN, MS 

Along the continuum of cancer care for many patient populations, navigators play an essential role in community outreach and prevention. To be effective, navigators must have core knowledge of the [ Read More ]