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European Oncology Nursing Society Spring Convention (EONS-8)

European Oncology Nursing Society Spring Convention (EONS-8)

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Communication in genetics and genomics: Anne-Elizabeth Murphy - Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Switzerland

Anne-Elizabeth Murphy, an oncology nurse at Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Switzerland, talks to ecancer at the European Oncology Nursing Society annual meeting in Geneva, April 2012.Ms Murphy discusses the importance of nurses being aware of the genetics behind cancer as most treatment is now tailored to the genome of the patient. Nurses have to explain to patients why certain treatments may not apply due to genetics.Education in basic and post-graduate levels can achieve better communication between patient and nurse and also increased awareness at diagnosis.

7mins

30 May 2012

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Understanding involuntary weight loss: Prof Jane Hopkinson – Cardiff University, UK

The Macmillan Weight and Eating studies surveyed over 300 patients and found that over two thirds of patients have difficulty with family members regarding eating habits and weight loss. Prof Jane Hopkinson led part of the studies and reported two key findings: 1.) The patient’s need to understand what an appropriate diet would be for them while experiencing weight loss. 2.) The need for nurses to support and educate families on how they might support a patient dealing with involuntary weight loss. The causes for this type of weight loss are the cancer itself, bodily problems such as swallowing difficulties or sore throat, and psychosocial pressures. Prof Hopkinson stresses the need to move past giving advice and consider the emotions and negative feelings that patients have when they have no control over weight loss. Filming Supported by Amgen

10mins

31 May 2012

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Supportive care for men with prostate cancer: Jane Cockle-Hearne – University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Talking with ecancer at the European Oncology Nursing Society annual meeting in Geneva, Jane Cockle-Hearne addresses the issues surrounding the supportive care of men with prostate cancer. The main issue addressed is the lack of consensus on guidelines on how to support men with prostate cancer. Ms Cockle-Hearne discusses a study, conducted to find what male patients are most concerned about during treatment and active surveillance, which found that psychological support was greatly needed in addition to supportive care. Filming Supported by Amgen

7mins

31 May 2012

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Knowledge transfer in cancer care: Francoise Charnay Sonnek – l'Ecole de Formation Européenne en Cancérologie, Paris

Francoise Charnay Sonnek discusses the importance of knowledge transfer in cancer care and cancer management. There is a great need to develop specific and continuing education programmes for nurses and young scientists, as on average a person only retains 7% of information from a lesson without ‘action learning’. ‘Action learning’ is when participants put into practice what they have learned by discussing and evaluating that information with other participants. Filming Supported by Amgen

9mins

31 May 2012

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Implementing symptom guidelines: Anita Margulies - EONS and the Swiss Oncology Nursing Society

Anita Margulies talks to ecancer at the 8th European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) annual meeting in Geneva, April 2012.EONS and the Oncology Nursing Society are implementing guidelines on 5 symptoms resulting from the cancer itself and the treatment: Dyspnea, lymphoedema, pain, peripheral neuropathy and radiation dermatitis.The guidelines have been reviewed by an expert nursing committee as part of the EPAAC project. Europe lags behind the US in implementing the latest guidelines on symptom management for cancer patients; a training workshop has been set up in Brussels to address this issue.

10mins

30 May 2012

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