September 2016 VOL 7, NO 8

Letters from Lillie

AONN+ and JONS: Two Resources with a Common Mission to Empower Navigators

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

Dear Navigators, This fall, the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS), the official publication of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), will bring you the best [ Read More ]

Original Research

Patient and Primary Care Practitioner Confidence in and Perceptions of Cancer Treatment Transition and the Shared Care Model of Cancer Care

Chantelle Carneiro, MSc1; Janet Ellis, MD2; Simron Singh, MD2; Matthew C. Cheung, MD2
1Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL, USA
2Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada 

Purpose: To examine cancer survivors’ satisfaction in the transition of care from oncologist to primary care physician (PCP), to identify patient and PCP concerns with the transition process, and to [ Read More ]

Learning Guide

Cancer Survivorship for the Oncology Nurse Navigator-Certified Generalist

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

It is an exciting time to be part of cancer survivorship care! Due to better screening, earlier diagnosis, and improved treatments, cancer patients are living longer. Survival rates for adults [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Patient Advocacy/Patient Empowerment

Cheryl Bellomo, MSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG 

A patient advocate can be defined as one who uses his or her role to promote and safeguard the well-being and the interests of patients within the community and the [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Novice Navigator: Case Study Domain–Patient Advocacy

Morgan Finn, RN; Kimberly Foster, MBA, BSN, RN; Marian E. Gilmore, RN, OCN; Pam Goetz, BA; Barbara R. McHale, RN, BS, OCN, CBCN 

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) was founded in 1986 to make cancer patients view themselves as survivors, not victims, and to address the many issues that patients encounter [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Seasoned Navigator: A Case Study on Patient Advocacy/Patient Empowerment

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

Navigators share the role of patient advocacy and patient empowerment by promoting patient rights, and the way of doing it is with the patient, not for the patient. Navigators should [ Read More ]


Let’s Talk about Sex, Gender, and Cancer: The Ethics of Bathroom and Cancer Surveillance

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

America has a new obsession with bathrooms. The media is blowing up with stories about transgender individuals being denied the right to pee in peace. After a series of schools [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Complementary Medicine Can Be Effectively Integrated into Cancer Patients’ Lives

Nutrition, meditation, engaging the limbic lobe of the brain, and other forms of complementary medicine can offer cancer patients an opportunity to participate in their treatment and can provide them [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Navigating the Clinical Trial Maze: Know How to Locate One, Facilitate Insurance Coverage

Navigators can make a difference in negotiating the labyrinth of oncology clinical trials. Facilitating insurance coverage when a cancer patient chooses to enroll in a clinical trial is perhaps the [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting, AONN+ Standardized Metrics

Metrics Are Essential in Documenting Navigators’ Value in Cancer Care

Metrics are the key to demonstrating the value of navigation along the cancer care continuum. Navigation metrics can demonstrate the benefit of the program to the institution and demonstrate the [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

CoC Accreditation Requires Patient Navigation Process

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) serves as a resource and opportunity for improved cancer care. The value of CoC accreditation to an institution is multitudinous, said Frederick L. Greene, MD, [ Read More ]

AONN+ East Coast Regional Meeting

Strengthening the Mind–Body Connection Can Guide Body to Health

Body, mind, and spirit are a unified entity, and by helping cancer patients make positive changes to the mind and the spirit, nurse navigators can positively influence the body. Strengthening [ Read More ]

Genetic Counseling

Inherited Ovarian Cancer: What Have We Learned?

Cristi Radford, MS, CGC 

Compared with other cancers, ovarian cancer is relatively rare, accounting for just 1.3% of all new cancer cases in the United States. However, it has a high death rate—the highest [ Read More ]