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UKONS Young Cancer/Early Careers Nurses Network virtual educational event

15 July 2021

The UKONS Young Cancer/Early Careers Nurses Network is delighted to invite you to join us for our free virtual educational event held in collaboration with The Christie School of Oncology.

On Wednesday 13th October 2021 between 4pm-7pm - via live stream.

e-learning programme - Personalised care for people with cancer

7 July 2021

Macmillan have developed a new programme in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare to enhance knowledge and understanding of prehabilitation and rehabilitation in people with cancer.

NCRI Annual Review and Launch of Early Career Researcher Forum

7 July 2021

Annual Review 2020-21

In a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, NCRI has continued to have an impact on the advancement of cancer research as well as in the new research area of COVID-19 and cancer.


UKONS support statement on improving cancer care for sexual and gender minorities

7 July 2021

There are approximately 3.6 million people in the UK who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ+) and are considered to be in sexual and gender minority (SGM) groups. The published literature suggests that LGBTQ+ patients continue to experience inequalities throughout the cancer pathway, from screening through to late-effects and end-of-life care.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Respiratory Health: Inquiry into Lung Cancer

1 July 2021

We need your Help!

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Respiratory Health (APPG) is conducting an inquiry into lung cancer.

During the COVID pandemic, the halting of the lung cancer screening pilots and restricted access to diagnostic tests have contributed to a 75% drop in urgent lung cancer referrals. This is especially worrying for the long-term outcomes for patients with the fastest progressing cancers such as lung cancer, with a defined life expectancy for which any delay can have life-threatening consequences.

UKONS Board Updates

23 June 2021

As we head towards the second half of the year, a number of board members terms of office on the UKONS board come to a close, some board members step down, and others move into other board roles. We are excited to welcome some entirely new board members voted for by UKONS membership. New positions on the UKONS Board will be formalised at the AGM in December 2021.

National Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) consent forms publication update

22 June 2021

The Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) national regimen specific consent forms are now available and published on the Cancer Research UK website.

Public Health England Report - Chronic Pain in Adults 2017

22 June 2021

This report explores the responses to questions on chronic pain in the 2017 Health Survey for England. It sets out the overall prevalence of chronic pain amongst the general population as well as identifying differences between sub-groups. It examines the site and severity of the chronic pain for those who are experiencing pain, as well as the impact on their mental health.

Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards for 2021

22 June 2021

These awards are an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution Macmillan Professionals and teams make to cancer services. They bring to life our unique spirit by showcasing, not just what Macmillan professionals and teams do, but how they do it.

UK Chemotherapy Board update

7 June 2021

COVID-19 vaccine

Please note that version 4.0 of ‘Clinician FAQs and guidance on COVID-19 vaccine for patients receiving SACT’ is now available on the UKCB website here: https://www.ukchemotherapyboard.org/publications

Please share this version with the members from your organisation.  

Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC)

4 June 2021
  • Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care (England)
  • Strathcarron 'Living Right to the End' Impact Report
  • Sharing current Scottish practice
  • Inspiring Leadership Programme
  • eHospice

Resuscitation council update on anaphylaxis

4 June 2021

This guideline replaces the previous guideline from Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK): Emergency treatment of anaphylactic reactions – Guidelines for healthcare providers (originally published January 2008, annotated July 2012 with links to NICE guidance).

New Macmillan Emotional Health and Well-Being Hub Launched

4 June 2021

Macmillan have responded to the pressure that Macmillan post-holders are experiencing by creating the Macmillan Professionals Well-being Hub. This is a central point via which professionals can easily access resources to help strengthen their self-care and look after their well-being.

Report Recommends Radical Reform of End-of-Life Care following COVID-19 Pandemic

27 May 2021

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) are an independent charitable organisation and the UK’s leading progressive think tank. The end of April saw the publication of ‘The State of End of Life Care: building back better after Covid-19’ a report examining the state of end of life care in the England in the wake of the pandemic and, if necessary, what improvements could be made.

Cancer Care Map: free to use online directory of cancer support services

20 May 2021

Cancer Care Map is a stand-alone, comprehensive, independent, free to use online directory of cancer support services in the UK providing verified and trusted information, regularly checked and updated and accessible to all.

Today is International Nurses' Day!

Social Prescribing for Cancer Patients

7 May 2021

Macmillan have published a new guide on the importance of social prescribing for people with a diagnosis of cancer. Although this guide is targeted primarily at Primary Care Networks it also describes a broad range of case studies and ties social prescribing to holistic needs assessment and the personalised care agenda.

Macmillan Launch the ‘PRosPer’ Programme

22 April 2021

A personalised approach to care and support ensures that people’s needs can be fully identified, and the appropriate support planned. It is vital that care and support is planned and arranged around what matters to people, their individual strengths and developed abilities.

UKONS Announce Partnership with Oncology Professional Care Virtual

6 May 2021

UKONS are pleased to announce the launch of CloserStill Media’s latest virtual event, Oncology Professional Care, taking place on the 9 -10 June 2021. This two-day educational programme will be aimed at all healthcare professionals working in the oncology community.

Free-to-attend for NHS and private healthcare professionals, registrations can be made at: https://www.oncologyprofessionalcare.co.uk/ukons

UKONS Annual Conference 2021: Abstract Submission and Registration Open

8 April 2021

This year the theme of the conference is ‘Caring Connections’. The abstracts are to be submitted in one of the following categories:

•           Education standards for cancer nursing

•           Innovations in cancer nursing

•           Personalised care and support


16 March 2021


Clinical Cancer advances 2021: ASCO’s Report on progress against cancer

This report highlights the most important clinical research advances of the past year and identifies priority areas where ASCO believes research efforts should be focused moving forward. 

Macmillan Updates

Check out these resources from Macmillan.

Update on vaccines from the UK Chemotherapy Board

As we recently covered in Breaking News the UK Chemotherapy Board has published guidance and Clinician Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 vaccines for patients receiving Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy.

COVID-19 Latest Information and Updates

1 February 2021

a) Vaccine Updates

b) First people to receive Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

c) COVID-19: the green book, chapter 14a

d) COVID-19 vaccination: information for healthcare practitioners

e) New SARS-CoV-2 variant