September 2017 VOL 8, NO 9

September 2017 VOL 8, NO 9 | Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship

Letters from Lillie

Just Announced! Dynamic Additions to Our Annual Meeting Agenda

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

Dear Navigators, Our enthusiasm for the November 16-19 Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Eighth Annual Conference is mounting! This year’s conference is shaping up to be our [ Read More ]

Interview with the Innovators

Cancer Registries: An Excellent Resource for Effective Navigation

An Interview with Barbara Dearmon, BS, CTR, of the National Cancer Registrars Association

The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) is a nonprofit organization representing more than 5900 cancer registry professionals and certified tumor registrars. The mission of NCRA is to serve as the [ Read More ]

Breast Cancer, Original Research

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in a Patient with Breast Cancer

Laura Melton, PhD, ABPP
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO 

Abstract: Cognitive and behavioral therapy techniques have been found to be helpful in treating insomnia and other sleep disorders. Higher rates of insomnia occur in the cancer population than the [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

The Importance of Operations Management, Organizational Development, and Health Economics

Cheryl Bellomo, MSN, RN, OCN, ONN-CG; Nicole DeLano, MSN, RN, ONN-CG; Tricia Strusowski, MS, RN 

Operations management has been described as an area of business management concerned with designing, controlling the processes of production by managing resources efficiently, and redesigning business operations in the production [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Operations Management: Novice Navigator Case Study

Marian E. Gilmore, RN, OCN, ONN-CG; Pamela Goetz, BA, OPN-CG; Barbara McHale, RN, BS, OCN, ONN-CG, CBCN 

The staff at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital, a community hospital in suburban Boston, recognized inefficiencies in their process for requesting a [ Read More ]

Evidence into Practice

Operations Management: Seasoned Navigator Case Study

Nicole Delano, MSN, RN, ONN-CG 

At a recent cancer committee meeting, the hospital’s chief oncology physician stated that the current flow process for patients attending all of their required appointment and tests was in need [ Read More ]

Palliative Care

Plea for Straight Talk and Early Palliative Care

“Collusion in communication is a big issue in oncology,” stated Mellar Davis, MD, Director of Palliative Care Services at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Dr Davis spoke at [ Read More ]

Financial Toxicity

Stemming the Costs of Cancer Care

The escalating costs of cancer care are now referred to as “financial toxicity.” At the recent 2017 Annual Meeting of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, Ronan Kelly, [ Read More ]


Toxicities Common with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy

As immune checkpoint inhibitors gain traction for the treatment of a variety of cancers, it is important to be aware of all the potential side effects that can occur. Attendees [ Read More ]

2017 American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference, Breast Cancer

Considering Genetic Testing? A Decision Support Tool for Young Women with Breast Cancer

A decision support tool for young breast cancer patients considering genetic testing for BRCA1/2 proved to be acceptable and feasible in a pilot study in the United Kingdom. Younger breast [ Read More ]

2017 American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference

Promising Results in Novel Intervention for Survivors Experiencing Anxiety at Reentry

Anxiety is a surprisingly common, chronic, and in many cases, unaddressed concern among cancer survivors, according to Joanna Arch, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at [ Read More ]

2017 American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference

The Role of the Patient Navigator in a Successful AYA Program

Building a collaborative, multidisciplinary adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology program relies heavily on patient navigation, according to Damon Reed, MD, Director of the AYA Program at Moffitt Cancer Center [ Read More ]

2017 American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference

The Benefits of a Combined Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

A combined Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at The Ohio State University (OSU) James Cancer Hospital provides fellows with a core curriculum to promote quality cancer care from [ Read More ]

2017 American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Conference

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 ]