Inside this issue: Radiation Therapy (a joint issue with ESTRO) and EONS at ECCO 2017

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A special joint issue of the EONS magazine with the European SocieTy for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)

Guest editorial by ESTRO President Yolande Lievens who introduces a series of articles that shed light on the different aspects of radiation oncology

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Nurses gather at ECCO 2017

EONS at ECCO 2017 – Current challenges, future opportunities in cancer nursing

The ECCO Congress 2017 got off to a dynamic start on Day 1 with a special programme of talks and presentations specifically selected for EONS members.

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Dr Claire Taylor (left) and Dr Verna Lavender (right)

Oncopolicy in action

EONS members help shape important new colorectal cancer and sarcoma guidelines, playing a key part in developing treatment in two important areas.

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News in this edition

EONS at ECCO 2017 – Current challenges, future opportunities in cancer nursing

The ECCO Congress 2017 got off to a dynamic start on Day 1 with a special programme of talks and presentations specifically selected for EONS members.

The importance of strong leadership for retaining nurses

EONS President Elect Lena Sharp describes how poor leadership is a known ‘risk factor’ which can influence nurses’ decision to leave their role and examines how can this be addressed

The needs of a new generation of cancer nurses

During the EONS Session on Day 1, two young cancer nurses, Sara Torcato Parreira, from Portugal, and Merel van Klinken, from the Netherlands, spoke about the needs of a new generation cancer nurses – the ‘millenials’.

EONS leads the way to recognition of cancer nursing in Europe with the RECaN project

Mary Wells, Professor of cancer nursing research and practice at the NMAHP Research Unit, University of Stirling, former EONS board member and current co-chair of the EONS Research Working Group reported on progress with Phase 1 of this important project

‘The good that it has done for my career, my motivation and my future work’

Maria Dias, a young cancer nurse from Portugal, speaks about her experience of ECCO 2017

Schwartz Center Rounds to enhance compassionate care: results from a UK mapping survey

Cath Taylor, Senior Lecturer, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, King’s College, London, and co-applicant on this research, explores and explains these ground-breaking opportunities for dialogue

Workforce Dynamics – future directions and magic wands

An interview with Anne Marie Rafferty, Professor of Nursing Policy, King's College London, about the issues affecting the UK nursing workforce. Many of them are recognisable in other European countries too

The European Oncology Nursing Society at the heart of oncopolicy in Europe

EONS Board Member Andreas Charalambous is a member of ECCO’s Oncopolicy Committee. Here he explains how EONS, with ECCO, is helping to shape the future of cancer care in the best interests of oncology nurses and patients.

Oncopolicy in action

EONS members help shape important new colorectal cancer and sarcoma guidelines, playing a key part in developing treatment in two important areas.

The Israeli Nursing Oncology Society Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Dr Ilana Kadmon reports on a memorable day of celebration, discussion and dance to mark three decades.

ESO-EONS Masterclass in Oncology Nursing marks 10 years

EONS President-Elect and faculty member Lena Sharp reports

Features in this edition

A special joint issue of the EONS magazine with the European SocieTy for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)

Guest editorial by ESTRO President Yolande Lievens who introduces a series of articles that shed light on the different aspects of radiation oncology

The vital contribution of oncology nurses to the radiation therapy team

Daniel Zips, Radiation Oncologist and Chair of the ESTRO Clinical Committee is based in Germany. Here he describes how oncology nurses have gained deep respect from the other disciplines in the multidisciplinary team in recent years

From oncology nurse to “proton expert”

Ingrid Kristensen, a Swedish nurse, tells the story of her career path in radiotherapy, describing how she developed her expertise in this specialism

Virtual reality helps patient education in radiation therapy

Annette Boejen and Rikke L. Poulsen from Denmark explore the patient experience, looking at ways to inform and reassure those undergoing radiation therapy

Managing the Elderly in Radiotherapy using Geriatric AssEssment: 'MERGE'

Anita O’Donovan reports from Dublin, Ireland, on the need for greater understanding of the specialised care requirements of older patients

An adaptive strategy for radiation therapy in the pelvis: plan selection

Rianne de Jong, from The Netherlands, describes how radiation therapists have established a greater role in plan selection

Roles and responsibilities of medical physicists in oncology

Núria Jornet, from Spain, is Chair of ESTRO Physics Committee. Here she provides a fascinating insight into the work of medical physicists in oncology

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