July 2017 VOL 8, NO 7

Nurse Navigation

A New Navigator’s Beginning Journey

Anne Phillippe, RN, BSN, MS
is the Complex GI Nurse Navigator for St. David’s HealthCare hospitals in Austin, TX.


Two months into starting as an oncology nurse navigator, I learned of a 62-year-old woman, we will call her Sally, who had recently been diagnosed with rectal cancer. When I [ Read More ]

Original Research

Patient Navigation Effectiveness on Improving Cancer Screening Rates: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Sobia F. Ali-Faisal, PhD
Program in Public Health, Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, Long Island, NY

Tracey J. F. Colella, RN, PhD
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
University Health Network/Toronto Rehabilitation Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation Program, Toronto, Canada
Naomi Medina-Jaudes
Program in Public Health, Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, Long Island, NY
Lisa Benz Scott, PhD
Program in Public Health, Stony Brook Medicine
The School of Health Technology & Management
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, Long Island, NY


Background: Despite the evidence establishing screening as effective in decreasing cancer mortality, rates remain below recommended levels. Patient navigation (PN) has shown promise to increase screening, yet the strength of [ Read More ]

AONN+ Standardized Metrics, Interview with the Innovators

Developing a Universal Set of Metrics for Use in All Navigation Models

An Interview with Tricia Strusowski, RN, MS


The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Standardized Metrics Task Force, an expert team of seasoned navigators, recently published their highly anticipated work of establishing a set of [ Read More ]

Letters from Lillie

Navigating Your Patients, Navigating Your Career

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

Dear Navigators, I recently saw a definition of the word “navigate” that read: to plan and direct the route or course of a ship, aircraft, or other form of transportation, [ Read More ]

2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

Patient-Reported Outcomes: Bringing the Patient Voice into Care Delivery and Quality Assessment

The term “patient-reported outcome” (PRO) has become ubiquitous in the realm of cancer care. According to Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, PROs are still in the early stages of being integrated [ Read More ]

2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

Advancements in Quality Care: Incorporating the Patient Voice

To improve the quality of cancer care, the voices of cancer patients should be integrated into care delivery and evaluation, according to Neeraj Arora, PhD. “Patient-centeredness needs to be more [ Read More ]

2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

Using Patient and Family Advisory Councils to Deliver True Patient-Centered Care

Establishing a Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality (PFACQ) is one of the most direct routes to true patient-centered care, according to Kate Niehaus, MBA, Chair of the PFACQ [ Read More ]

2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

Are We Listening to the Voices of LGBTQ Patients with Cancer?

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community has recently been recognized by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as suffering [ Read More ]

2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

Evaluating the Patient-Centered Quality of Cancer Survivorship Care Models

Cancer survivors in the United States are living longer, and cancer is increasingly viewed as a chronic illness that requires systematic, coordinated care. But research and practice have not yet [ Read More ]

2017 NCCN Annual Conference

Noncompliance with G-CSF Guidelines Has Consequences

Compliance with orders for granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) is suboptimal, and inadequate prophylaxis was directly tied to hospital admissions, according to results from a single-center retrospective study from the University [ Read More ]

2017 NCCN Annual Conference

Project Aims to Prevent Future Infusion-Related Reactions

An infusion-related reaction documentation tool and grading system and its integration into the electronic health record (EHR) is expected to better identify patients at risk for future reactions and improve [ Read More ]

2017 American Oncology Society of Clinical Annual Meeting

Incorporating the Caregiver into the Cancer Plan

Informal caregivers play a critical role in the emotional, functional, and medical support of adult cancer survivors, and a burgeoning area of research shows that the well-being of informal cancer [ Read More ]


Informed Patient? Don’t Bet On It

Mikkael A. Sekeres, M.D. and Timothy D. Gilligan, M.D.


We want to let you in on a secret. As your oncologists, we’d like to treat you with two, or three, or four different chemotherapy drugs, each of which has [ Read More ]

Breast Cancer, The Round Table: Insight From Expert Navigators

The Controversies of How to Manage a Diagnosis of DCIS for Breast Cancer Patients

Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG,
The Johns Hopkins Breast Center; the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins,
Baltimore, MD


Approximately 55,000 cases of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) are diagnosed each year in the United States. DCIS is known to be the earliest form of breast cancer that can [ Read More ]