February 2015, Vol 6, No 1

Welcome to our first issue of the New Year for the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship. This issue is filled with information that I am confident you will find inspiring and applicable to your work as a navigator.
As I embarked on my nursing career more than 25 years ago, I remember having feelings of both excitement and anxiety. I had just graduated with a degree as a registered nurse at 19 years old when I went for my first interview at a local community hospital in southern New Jersey—it was for a position with a medical surgical–oncology unit. I was interviewed by the unit’s nurse manager.
While many hospital-based survivorship programs have been developed in large cancer centers, it is important to understand how cancer support services can be delivered in small rural communities. The purpose of this article is to describe how contextual factors have influenced the development and evaluation of a cancer navigation and support program in a small Texas border community.
Mapping patients’ process along the cancer care continuum helped the GW Cancer Institute’s navigation team prioritize quality improvement projects, illustrate how navigators can contribute to quality improvement, and ensure navigators were focused on core navigation duties.
At the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Fifth Annual Conference, held in Orlando, FL, in September, one nurse was recognized by her peers for her commitment to the profession. Jessica Engel, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCNP, nurse practitioner and research assistant at the Marshfield Clinic in Stevens Point, WI, was the recipient of the 2014 Oncology Nurse Excellence (ONE) Award.
The Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS) recently conducted the following interview with Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, Administrative Director, The Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Director, Cancer Survivorship Programs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; and Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD. Ms Shockney is also a cancer survivor and the editor-in-chief of JONS.
The following clinical trials are currently recruiting patients with small-cell lung cancer or non–small-cell lung cancer for inclusion in several investigations. Each trial description includes the NLM Identifier to use as reference with ClinicalTrials.gov.
This article describes the stigma that may be associated with a lung cancer diagnosis and its impact on body image, self-perception, and coping. Also explored are ways in which this stigma may be alleviated by the multidisciplinary oncology team, with particular emphasis on the important role oncology nurses play in the care of these patients.
“There’s a lot we don’t know about lung cancer screening,” according to Denise Aberle, MD, who spoke at the recent American Association for Cancer Research International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research. However, certain measures can be taken to lower false-positive and overdiagnosis rates, lessen costs, ameliorate patient suffering, and correctly identify screening cohorts, she asserted.

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