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2018 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey Published

20 September 2019

The 2018 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey was released last week. The annual survey was targeted at NHS patients with a confirmed primary diagnosis of cancer who were discharged after an inpatient episode or day case attendance for cancer-related treatment in the months of April, May and June 2018.

UKONS Young Cancer Nurse representative: call for expressions of interest

9 September 2019

We are inviting interested members for expressions of interest for UKONS YCN representative. 

UKONS Funded CSTD Cochrane Review Update

20 August 2019

A UKONS -funded Cochrane review published in 2018 found no evidence of benefits from closed system drug-transfer devices (CSTD) when used for administration of SACT. Following this publication UKONS released a position statement indicating the uncertainty in the benefits of CSTD. The Cochrane review received a number of criticisms, some of which were from authors who have been previously funded by the manufacturers of closed system devices.

GatewayC – online cancer courses

9 August 2019

All primary care professionals practicing in England are eligible to access GatewayC.

Nursing Times Awards 2019 Finalists

9 August 2019

UKONS & Capital Nurse have been shortlisted as finalists in this year’s Nursing Times Awards ‘Cancer Nursing’ category for the SACT Passport.

A Discussion Paper: The Pharmacist's Contribution in Acute Oncology

2 August 2019

vAt the national Acute Oncology steering group in June 2019 there was an extensive discussion around the potential role of the pharmacist in further developing Acute Oncology services. This discussion was initiated by Meera Desai the Senior Oncology Pharmacist at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who has provided a discussion paper on how the role might be developed and fit with other roles within oncology and acute oncology services. As a result, this discussion paper was developed to capture the views of the multidisciplinary team, both within, and outside of, Acute Oncology.

Cancer research nurse wins 2019 RCNi Excellence in Cancer Research award

2 August 2019

Cancer Research UK is pleased to announce Rachel Taylor from University College Hospital London as the winner of the Cancer Research UK ‘Excellence in Cancer Research’ category of the 2019 RCNi Nurse Awards. The prestigious award is the only one in the UK to recognise and celebrate the work of cancer research nurses.

Macmillan Release "Prehabilitation" Principles and Guidance for People with cancer

12 July 2019

Earlier this week Macmillan Cancer Support released new guidance on the provision of prehabilitation for cancer patients. This follows up 2017’s review of evidence which concluded that prehabilitation should be integrated into routine cancer care. This new document outlines the principles of prehabilitation and offers advice and support on how this can be achieved in practice.

#ICCN2020 Abstract submissions are open

The Conference Management Committee invites you to submit an abstract for consideration in the program. Abstract Submission opened on Monday June 27, 2019

Deadline Date for Abstracts: August 19, 2019 at 23:59 GMT

#ICCN2020 in London

Theme: Innovation and Inspiration: Celebrating the Global Impact of Oncology Nurses

29 March to 01 April, 2020

International Conference on Cancer Nursing is the longest running international conference for our profession and offers a unique opportunity to meet with international nursing leaders from around the world. The conference is attended by practitioners, researchers, educators and leaders from national/regional cancer nursing societies, oncology institutions and other organizations representing cancer nurses around the world.

Making the case for increased numbers of specialist nurses in prostate cancer

28 June 2019

The national prostate cancer charity, Prostate Cancer UK, has produced a web resource highlighting the positive contribution Clinical Nurse Specialists make in caring for men with prostate cancer. The aim of the resource is to promote the role of the CNS in prostate cancer and to try and ensure that every man with the disease has access to a CNS who can provide him with specialist support.

Rising rates of colorectal cancer in younger people in wealthy countries may be attributed to poor diet and obesity

13 June 2019

A recent study has indicated that in seven high-income developed countries the incidence of colon cancer is increasing among younger people despite the overall rates remaining static or falling over the same period.

Does access to earlier palliative care mean "rebranding" of palliative care services

7 June 2019

In the last few weeks an editorial in the BMJ has led to an interesting debate regarding when palliative care should be offered to patients with a cancer diagnosis, the level of integration it should have with oncology services and the attitude of the public and professionals associated with referrals to palliative care.

BOPA Standards for Reducing Risks Associated with ePMA for SACT published

3 June 2019

The British Oncology Pharmacy Association recently published the BOPA Standards for Reducing Risks Associated with Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration Systems (ePMA) for Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapies (SACT)..

UKONS Position Statement on MDT Reform

17 May 2019

The UKONS board recognises that Multi- Disciplinary Team (MDT) working is a valuable and important element of Cancer Care in the UK. We also recognise that the system is no longersustainable in its current format whereby all patients with a cancer diagnosis are ‘discussed’ initiallyand at various points in their treatment pathway, resulting in a treatment plan being formulated and approved. 

Stomach cancer patients, nurses and surgeons online survey!

16 May 2019

We are looking for patients, cancer nurses and surgeons to participate in an international online survey. We are asking participants to help decide the most important outcomes to report in future surgical trials for gastric cancer. 

Essay Competition 2019

Win a funded place at the UKONS Annual Conference to be held in Telford on 22–23 November 2019 plus up to £50 travel expenses. Submission deadline is Friday 13th September 2019.

Ten-year figures show dramatic fall in cervical disease following introduction of HPV vaccination in Scotland

7 May 2019

A hugely positive study recently published in the British Medical Journal has indicated that a programme delivering the immunisation of 12-13-year-old girls has resulted in a dramatic reduction in cervical disease in vaccinated 20-year-old women found at screening.

Interview with Mary Wood – Oncology Nurse of the Year

18 April 2019

Mary is a Nurse Consultant in Lymphoedema at the Royal Marsden. Last month she won the BJN ‘Oncology Nurse of the Year’ accolade. UKONS spoke to her a bout her introduction to cancer nursing, her interest in Lymphoedema and her feelings about oncology nursing in general.

Dr Verna Lavender elected as UKONS President Elect

3 April 2019

Dr Verna Lavender has been elected as the ‘President Elect’ for our organisation. This is an important role, which is vital in the transition from one president to the next.

British Journal of Nursing Award Winners

21 March 2019

The British Journal of Nursing Awards ceremony was held on 8th March 2019. A range of nursing professionals were awarded for their work in specialist fields. They were recognised for making outstanding contributions and for putting patient care at the heart of their roles, inspiring other colleagues and helping drive the profession forwards.

UKONS SACT Competency Passport Learning Outcomes

21 February 2019

The UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) have developed a Systemic Anti- Cancer Therapy (SACT) Competency Passport Learning Outcomes Framework, which aligns with the UKONS SACT Competency Passport and provides further guidance for assessing practice competence with the aim of standardising SACT competence assessment across the UK.

To view the UKONS SACT Competency Learning Outcomes Framework, log on to the UKONS website. The document is filed within the SACT MIG resources. 

Register now: UK Oncology Forum

UKONS SACT Passport Training: Birmingham, 27 March

UKONS supports World Cancer Day

4 February 2019

Cancer and ‘The NHS Long-Term Plan’

10 January 2019

UKONS Conference 2019

UKONS 2019 Conference

22nd - 23rd November 2019

Telford International Centre


Registration is now open for the UKONS 2019 Conference

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UKONS Conference 2018 a great success

19 November 2018

The UKONS Board are delighted that our annual conference in Glasgow on 16 and 17 November was such a success.

How to login to our new website

16 November 2018

Instructions on how to login to our new-look website for existing and new members..

Sexual function in patients receiving chemo radiation for Head and Neck Cancer

14 September 2018

A diagnosis of cancer and accompanying treatment can have a negative effect on sexual function. Many people with cancer find this a distressing and worrying feature of their illness which can reduce quality of life. It has been known for some years that patients...

New Patients guide to Breast cancer published

27 September 2018

As we move rapidly into October, Breast Cancer awareness month, a new book entitled ‘The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to feel empowered and take control’ has been published which provides a guide for patients from the point of view of two doctors who have both been diagnosed with, and treated for, breast cancer.

Macmillan Rehabilitation Pathways Published

16 August 2018

In 2013 the Cancer Action Team gathered together the evidence to support the promotion of cancer rehabilitation as a major part of NHS oncology policy.

UK study shows that patients with a cancer diagnosis are at increased risk of suicide

6 July 2018

A UK study has shown that patients with cancer are at increased risk of suicide.