On behalf of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship (JONS), it's my pleasure to offer the current issue. Each month, we aim to present navigators with an array of topics relevant to their practice. To achieve our goal, we publish original navigation research, treatment updates, interviews, and navigation best practices. Some highlights from the current issue follow.
In this month's interview, we hear from a caregiver-turned-advocate, Stephanie Whitten, and Matthew Fox, MD, about melanoma and the development of the foundation called Meredith's Mission—a nonprofit organization named for Stephanie's sister dedicated to raising awareness, providing education, and fundraising for melanoma research.
Clinical trial enrollment is consistently a topic of discussion for navigators. In the CEU-accredited article entitled "Recruiting and Retaining Minorities in Oncology Clinical Trials: A Nurse Navigator Perspective," we explore the barriers to participating in clinical trials especially in minority populations and individuals of low socioeconomic status.
We are pleased to publish a second CEU-accredited, original navigation research article this month. In the article entitled "Care and Treatment Decisions in Cancer: The Role of the Family Caregiver," you will read results from the authors' study of caregivers' involvement in treatment decision-making, their educational needs related to decision-making, and barriers to effective communication between caregivers, patients, and the healthcare team.
We hope this issue benefits you in your growth as a navigator. Thank you for making JONS part of your navigation practice.
Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG
Editor-in-Chief, JONS; Program Director, AONN+
University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer, Adm Director, the Johns Hopkins Breast Center; Director, Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship Programs; Professor of Surgery and Oncology, JHU School of Medicine; Co-Creator, Work Stride-Managing Cancer at Work.