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From the Editors

In this issue of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA (TON), we discuss some of the “personal” situations we may confront as healthcare professionals.
Welcome to the first issue of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA (TON) for 2014. We’re looking forward to a year of keeping you up-to-date about what is happening in the world of oncology research and bringing you information that helps you in your day-to-day practice as a healthcare professional.
This month’s issue of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA (TON) has a focus on ovarian cancer. We update you with some of the latest research as presented at the European Cancer Congress (ECCO/ESMO/ESTRO), the Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium, and the AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics.
According to the National Cancer Institute, the number of cancer survivors in the United States increased to 11.7 million in 2007—this compares to 3 million cancer survivors in 1971 and 9.8 million in 2001.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The September 30, 2013, presidential proclamation acknowledging this points out that “This disease touches every corner of the United States—in 2013 alone, more than 230,000 women and over 2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and tens of thousands will die from it.”
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The presidential proclamation noting this included the following statement encouraging “all Americans to lend their support to family, friends, and neighbors whose lives have been touched by prostate cancer.
In last month’s issue of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA (TON), we published a letter from Cindy Covington. Cindy, an infusion nurse from Georgia, was responding to MMA’s “The Devil Is in the Details” column (see the TON April issue). MMA discussed how some of her needs as a hospitalized patient were not met and she thought her nurses should be able to help.
MMA talks about how much she appreciates her oncology nurses, but notes that there are some things they have not done.
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) held its 38th Annual Congress in May while the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) took place this month.
This month’s Fifth Annual Review issue of The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA® (TON) highlights some of the recent advances in anticancer care.
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