June 2014 Vol 5, No 3

Hello everyone! Summer has finally arrived and we hope you are enjoying vacation time with family and friends. We are busy putting the final touches on our Fifth Annual AONN+ Conference at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida, September 18-24, 2014.
From the time I was a young girl I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the “helping profession” and mix that with my love for the sciences.
Patients and their families facing the diagnosis of cancer can feel lost, uncertain, overwhelmed, and fearful of the healthcare system.
Only a limited amount of research is focused on African American women with breast cancer and treatment adherence (TA). One potential barrier to TA may be a lack of knowledge and understanding of benefits for the therapies that they receive.
Wow, those meetings must be sober events.” I’ve gotten this and other similar comments regularly over the past 6½ years since I received my diagnosis of stage III breast cancer in 2007. Fortunately for me and many other women, the assumption couldn’t be less accurate.
Memphis, TN—During the first day of the Fourth Annual Navigation and Survivorship Conference of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN) in Memphis, Tennessee, the meeting co-chairs, Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, University Distinguished Service Associate Professor of Breast Cancer at Johns Hopkins University; Program Director of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), and Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, AOCN, CBCN, Breast Health Navigator, Derrick L. Davis Forsyth Regional Cancer Center, reviewed accomplishments and painted a compelling picture of the future of AONN+ as an organization.
Memphis, TN—In order to ensure high-quality patient-centered healthcare, oncology navigators must know patients’ needs and understand the factors that influence whether and how those needs are met. Systematic assessment of cancer patients’ needs is integral to navigators’ role in addressing cancer patients’ needs effectively.
The following clinical trials are currently recruiting patients with colorectal cancer for inclusion in several investigations.

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