Editor-in-Chief, JONS; Program Director, AONN+; University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer, Administrative Director, The Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Director, John Hopkins Cancer Survivorship Programs; Professor of Surgery and Oncology, JHU School of Medicine; Co-Creator, Work Stride-Managing Cancer at Work firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Navigators, Social Workers, Administrators, and Clinical Staff,
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is hosting its Annual Conference in Dallas, TX, November 15-18 at the Hilton Anatole. In keeping with the popular slogan—Everything's Bigger in Texas—the Ninth Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference is going to be huge! More than 1000 nurse and patient navigators are anticipated to come to Dallas and discuss their role in the perpetually evolving oncology care landscape.
At the conference, you will be exposed to a wealth of valuable information to assist you in your career and personal growth as a navigator. You will have the opportunity to learn about subjects such as clinical trials, challenges in oral oncolytics, genetics and genomics, and navigation metrics, as well as the critical topics of patient engagement, screening, prevention, and management strategies for the patients we serve. You will also have the opportunity to attend disease site–specific breakout sessions, product theaters, and poster presentation by your colleagues and to visit the exhibit hall. As I said, this conference is going to be huge! The only thing missing is you!
I would like to personally invite you to join us at this year's conference in Dallas. It is my hope you will accept the invitation and register today at annual.AONNonline.org.
See you in Texas, y'all.
Palliative care has a serious identity problem. Seventy percent of Americans describe themselves as “not at all knowledgeable” about palliative care, and most healthcare professionals believe it is synonymous with end-of-life care.1 This perception is not far from current medical practice, because specialty palliative care—administered by clinicians with expertise in palliative medicine—is predominantly offered through hospice care or inpatient consultation only after life-prolonging treatment has failed. This means that the majority of patients who could benefit from palliative care are not receiving it until they are very close to death. To ensure that patients with metastatic breast cancer receive the best cancer care throughout their disease trajectory, palliative care should be initiated alongside standard oncology care, and it should be implemented early.
In addition to the obligatory orange and black decorations of October, it’s also the time of year to don your pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! The progress we have made as a nation in elevating the importance of regular breast cancer screenings, funding research, and supporting breast cancer survivors has had a direct impact on our ability to increase and improve survivorship.