CFS: Integrative Oncology, Cancer Survivorship (JNCI)

Call for Papers for Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) Monograph: The Role of Integrative Oncology in Cancer Survivorship
Letters of Intent: October 1, 2013
http://www.integrativeonc.org/index.php/news/437-call-for-papers-jnci-monograph
Letters of Intent are being accepted for manuscripts focused on original research for a JNCI monograph dedicated to evaluating the science and impact of integrative oncology on cancer survivorship. This monograph is sponsored by the Society for Integrative Oncology, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, the Abramson Cancer Center at University of Pennsylvania, Allina Health, Beth Israel Medical Center, University of Hawaii, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The peer-reviewed issue is scheduled for publication September 2014. It will include selected manuscripts on the science and evidence-based integration of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) and lifestyle changes aimed at improving the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of quality of life and clinical outcomes for individuals affected by cancer.
Researchers from a diverse range of disciplines (including, but not limited to medicine, nursing, CIM, public health and health services, behavioral medicine, epidemiology, anthropology, and psychology) may contribute high quality empirical papers of original research in the following areas:

  • Translational research to elucidate the mechanisms underlying integrative oncology
  • Clinical trials to define the safety, efficacy, and effectiveness of integrative oncology
  • Implementation and dissemination science to evaluate the integration of specific types of CIM or process of integration into cancer care

Letters of Intent must be received by October 1, 2013 to rvillare@mdanderson.org, and must include a title, brief abstract, the type of research (e.g., clinical trial, observational, etc.), and list of authors.
Manuscripts deemed appropriate for this special issue must be received by January 15, 2014 via JNCI online submission portal – must include a cover letter indicating submission for this specific monograph and strictly conform to the author requirements and reference specifications of JNCI (see www.oxfordjournals.org).
Early detection combined with treatment advances have allowed many individuals with cancer to live longer. In the United States alone, 13.7 million individuals have a past diagnosis of cancer and are thus considered cancer survivors. As cancer affects individuals on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels, many cancer survivors use complementary and integrative
medicine (CIM) to regain a sense of control, address symptom burden, seek wellness, and improve outcomes. The convergence of the two exciting new fields, cancer survivorship and integrative oncology, creates enormous opportunities to ask important research questions and to develop innovative clinical models to promote the long term health and wellbeing for cancer survivors.
Despite the scientific promise and emerging empirical evidence, many questions remain unanswered:
What are the mechanisms underlying specific CIM practices (e.g., acupuncture, yoga, etc.) for symptom management?
How does stress reduction or dietary change affect biomarkers and clinical outcomes in cancer survivors?
What is the optimal way to integrate CIM practices in the growing field of survivorship clinical delivery?
How can CIM be delivered alongside conventional treatments to improve clinical outcomes?
What are the long term safety, efficacy, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of specific integrative approaches for improving symptom management in cancer survivors?
How do patients and providers make decisions to incorporate CAM approaches to manage pain and other symptoms common in cancer survivorship?
The JNCI Monograph, The Role of Integrative Oncology in Cancer Survivorship, will:

  • Present and synthesize the state of science in integrative oncology.
  • Identify scientific gaps and opportunities in integrative oncology.
  • Discuss methodological challenges and propose solutions to enhance the quality of integrative oncology research.
  • Provide evidence-based clinical guideline to inform integrative oncology delivery.

Guest Editors
June J. Mao, MD, MSCE of University of Pennsylvania
Lorenzo Cohen, PhD of MD Anderson Cancer Center

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CFP: Western Schools Publishing

Western Schools is a publisher and nationally recognized accredited provider of peer-reviewed continuing nursing education home study courses. We are presently seeking authors and content editors to write articles and books for publication. Those contracted will receive financial compensation.

We have writing opportunities in the following nursing topics. Additional topics not listed may also be considered.

Topics: ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease, ambulatory care, assessment, asthma, assessment, bioterrorism, cardiac, case management, chest tubes, CHF, competencies, critical care, death, depression, dialysis, diabetes, documentation and electronic health records, domestic violence, ECG monitoring, end of life, ethics, fall prevention, geriatrics, healing nutrition, hemodynamic monitoring, hepatitis, HIV, holistic health, infections, immunizations, informatics, leadership, legal issues, maternal-newborn, medical errors, medical-surgical topics, mentoring, MRSA, neonatal, neuro, nursing management, nursing practice, OB/GYN, oncology, orthopedics, pain management, palliative care, pediatrics, pediatric pharmacology, pharmacology, preceptorship, professional nursing topics, psychopharmacology, rehab, renal, respiratory topics, safety, school nursing, sedation/analgesia, seizures, sleep apnea, social media, stroke, TB, trauma, weight loss surgery, and women’s health.

Requirements: Authors should have a valid nursing license and prior publishing experience. An advanced degree in nursing and five years of clinical and/or academic experience in the content area being developed is preferred. Experienced authors with degrees in fields other than nursing will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Interested candidates should e-mail their CV and a writing sample, along with their contact information to: authors@westernschools.com  Please specify topic(s) of interest. Additionally, if you know of someone else who may be interested, please feel free to forward this e-mail to them.

Amy Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC, Director, Continuing Education, Western Schools, 400 Manley Street, PO Box 65, West Bridgewater, MA 02379, Phone (508) 638-7060, Fax: 508-894-0179, Website: www.westernschools.com

CFP: Oncology Ethics

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Expert Meeting: Ethics in Oncology: New ethical issues, May 11-12, 2012

Organisers:Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine, Heidelberg University and National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT), Heidelberg University Hospital

Target group: Researchers and practioners in the fields of oncology, medical ethics, history of medicine, philosophy, psychology, theology, law, nursing and social work who have interdisciplinary research experience in the subject areas mentioned below.

The advances in oncological therapy as well as the knowledge of the limitations to what is possible pose major ethical challenges for doctors, nurses and patients: The possibilities for treatment in oncology are expanding continuously. As a result patients are involved with in-creasingly complex treatment decisions, including end of life decisions. As a consequence doctors must inform their patients adequately, deliver difficult news and advise patients and their relatives on treatment goals and changes thereto, e.g. when changing from curative to palliative care. One question which is always relevant in this context is what constitutes good doctor-patient communication. Due to new and in part complex possibilities to diagnose and treat tumors we have to consider which criteria are ethically relevant, i.e. which criteria should tip the scale when deciding on tumor-specific treatment (also in advanced stages of the illness), on thera-pies with marginal effectiveness or when dealing with patients in geriatric oncology. Genetic testing of the tumor genome is fast becoming a common part of routine diagnosis and treatment planning. In future it is to be extended to the healthy genome. How can the information that was obtained coincidentally or intentionally be used responsibly? Treatment often entails serious side effects, e.g. loss of fertility. In addition to the standard procedure of cryopreservation of sperm and embryos, research is currently being conducted on alternatives such as oocyte cryopreservation for single women or prepubertal girls. What is the risk-benefit analysis of this treatment and which ethical questions result from it? Older patients are also confronted with specific questions and problems in oncological treat-ment. Physical as well as cognitive limitations are a particular challenge when communicating with the patient. Therapists have to be especially careful and thoughtful when supporting autonomous decision-making. Comorbidities and low functional reserves have a negative impact on patients’ quality of life, especially in the case of complex treatments with extensive side-effects. At a societal level the question of a just allocation of resources arises: The proportion of can-cer patients is on the rise because the population is ageing and new therapies enable cancer patients to live longer. On the other hand, these therapies are very cost-intensive and are said to have an “explosive effect” on our health care system which is solidarity-based. What price are we willing to pay for new therapies? Should these therapies be linked to effective-ness and what should a fair distribution look like?

These controversial issues in medical ethics are not only important for oncology but they are especially relevant in this field and have not been addressed in detail. This interdisciplinary conference with experts from a wide range of fields provides an opportunity to initiate and deepen the discussion of the above-mentioned issues. Researchers and experts in the field of medicine are kindly invited to submit a 500-word abstract on the following topics by January 31, 2012 at the latest:

  • 1. Definition of treatment goals and communication
  • 2. Personalised medicine: genetic diagnostics, biobanks and genome analyses
  • 3. Financing new forms of treatment considering effectiveness and efficiency
  • 4. Nursing and caregiving in oncology
  • 5. Clinical cancer research: Opportunities, risks, perspectives
  • 6. Vulnerable patient groups
  • 7. Fertility preservation

Should you have further questions please contact Prof. Dr. Monika Bobbert (0049-(0)6221-54 5458) or Dr. Beate Herrmann (0049-(0)6221-56 37922); E-Mail: oncology-ethics@histmed.uni-heidelberg.de

CFP: Nursing & Midwifery Conference

The Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is delighted to be celebrating its 31st Annual International Conference on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd February 2012. The theme for the 2012 conference is “Nursing and Midwifery Practice in a Global Community: Collaborating and Networking for the Future”

PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 28TH OCTOBER 2011

We are leading the way in nursing & widwifery research and education and invite abstracts for the following strands:

  • Practice-based research across acute, non-acute and continuing care settings
  • Oncology Nursing
  • Palliative Care
  • Wound Management & Tissue Viability
  • Patient Safety & Safe Practice in Nursing & Midwifery
  • Neonatal & Paediatrics
  • Midwifery

Further information here: http://www.rcsi.ie/nursingconference

CFP: Integrative Medicine After the Age of 40

Integrative Medicine After the Age of 40: The International Conference on Integrative Medicine, May 13-15, 2012, Jerusalem

The 2nd International Conference on Integrative Medicine will be held on May 13-15, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. The conference will bring together physicians, nurses and therapists from all over the world to discuss the changes and influence of the Integrative Medicine. The conference will be held in English, French and German with simultaneous translation. For details visit: http://www.mediconvention.com/

Main Topics:

  • Motor System, Movement and Posture study, Muscular Skeletal Pain, Myofascial Pain
  • Nutrition, Food Supplements, Digestive System, Metabolic Diseases
  • Wellness and Aging, Preventive Medicine
  • Neurological Disorders, Cognitive Disorder, Memory Disturbance
  • Depression, Stress, Sleep Disturbances, Insomnia – Non Organic Origin
  • The Oncologic Patient
  • Chronic Headache
  • Menopause
  • Cardiac Aspects, Hemodynamic System
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Mind and Body Medicine

The conference scientific committee encourages the submission of original Abstracts for either oral or poster presentations. All abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee. Abstract submission deadline abstracts may be submitted until Saturday, December 10th 2011. Details on submitting an abstract: http://www.mediconvention.com/abstract-submission

CFP: Pan-Pacific Nursing, Nursing Symposium Cancer Care

 You are cordially invited to the Fifth Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference and Seventh Nursing Symposium on Cancer Care organized by The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong on 22-24 September 2011 in Hong Kong. The theme of the conference is ‘Issues, Challenges, and Future Directions of Evidence-based Healthcare’.  The deadline for abstract submission is 3 March 2011.  For more details, please visit our conference website.  We look forward to seeing you at this important and influential international conference. 
CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
Ms Suzanne Lo
The Nethersole School of Nursing
Esther Lee Building, Chung Chi College
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3163 4485
Fax: (852) 2603 5520
Email: panconf5@cuhk.edu.hk
Website: http://www.nur.cuhk.edu.hk/conference2011

CFS: Clinical J of Oncology Nursing

The Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON), an official publication of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), is directed to the practicing nurse specializing in the care of patients with an actual or potential diagnosis of cancer. CJON is a vehicle to advance the mission of ONS, which is to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. The CJON mission is twofold: to provide practical information necessary to care for patients and their families across the cancer continuum and to develop publication skills in oncology nurses.The CJON Editorial Board has identified current gaps in the literature and is seeking submissions on a variety of topics that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cancer care delivery/cancer programs
  • Care of older adults
  • Comorbid conditions
  • Cultural issues
  • Economics of cancer care
  • Ethical issues
  • Family impact
  • Genomics
  • Health disparities
  • Health promotion and risk reduction
  • Interventional radiology
  • Late effects
  • Oncologic emergencies
  • Palliative care
  • Prevention and early detection
  • Professional issues
  • Psychosocial issues
  • Radiation therapy
  • Survivorship care
  • Symptom management

Visit http://www.cjon.org/  for instructions for authors or contact CJONEditor@ons.org  for more information. Leslie McGee, Managing Editor, Oncology Nursing Society, 125 Enterprise Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1214, USA, +1-412-859-6291 (phone) +1-412-859-6163 (fax) lmcgee@ons.org