07 Jul Around town: International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2015
Another Vancouver venue opens its doors to a global conference this coming week: the Westin Bayshore, looking out across Coal Harbour to the North Shore, will welcome delegates to the 2015 International Conference on Cancer Nursing.
This year’s conference theme is Cancer Nursing Research: Global Strategies and Implications for Evidence-Based Practice, and it is backed up by a packed four-day program encompassing all aspects of nursing in this field.
Organized by the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC), the educational program embraces all those involved in the care of oncology patients: nurses, caregivers and family, and the patients themselves. The program underlines the stated mission of the ISNCC, which is to reduce the global burden of cancer by maximizing the influence of nursing in this area.
Although there is a strong thread throughout the meeting on advances in palliative care and evidence-based treatment successes, delegates will also find out about preventative programs such as smoking cessation, tobacco awareness and HPV management. They can also learn more about gender issues that affect cancer treatment and patient behaviour, or evidence-based research into alternative therapies such as laughter, yoga, acupressure and exercise. There are also sessions on looking after the caregiver, recognizing the physical and emotional toll that nursing in the final stages of life can bring.
Although charities call to “end cancer” and news clips debate whether it can or cannot be cured, reality also includes both living with cancer and preventing it from happening. As treatments improve to prolong and support life, and research shows us what causes cancer, we also need professionally trained, experienced nurses and well-supported caregivers in order for cancer care and prevention to progress.
International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2015: July 8–11, 2015, Vancouver, BC