EONS14 – Cancer Nursing: Towards a New Era in Cancer Care

Our virtual cancer nursing conference, EONS14, took place on 22 September 2021 and was attended by hundreds of cancer nurses across Europe. The conference presented the latest advances in cancer nursing practice and research. EONS14 ran alongside the ESMO2021 Congress offering participants a rich agenda of sessions from across the entire cancer care spectrum.

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EONS President Johan de Munter sets out his Vision for Cancer Nursing

Johan de Munter

At EONS14, EONS President Johan de Munter set out his vision for the future of cancer nursing:

“Innovative education and training, continuing education programmes, occupational safety measures, leadership programmes, resilience training and burnout prevention interventions, and increased recognition of the cancer nursing workforce across Europe are documented solutions to building a sustainable future and secure the cancer nursing workforce.”

But, he pointed out, many challenges and obstacles remain in the way. How can we overcome these?

Read the full text of Johan de Munter’s vision

Opening address

The conference opened with an address by European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides entitled From theory to implementation: the EU Beating Cancer Plan in motion.

Read the full text of European Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides‘ address

Stella Kyriakides told the conference, “I know perfectly well how crucially important cancer nurses are in delivering safe and high-quality prevention and care.

“You play a key role in each step of a patient’s pathway, mine included. And this when it comes to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care; and also as survivorship guides.

“That is why the Cancer Plan supports dedicated cancer care professionals like you.”


EONS Lifetime Achievement Award 2021

Many congratulations to Lena Sharp who has received the EONS Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding personal and professional contribution to the field of cancer nursing and for her strong involvement as a role model in cancer nursing leadership! Lena is a former President of EONS.

See more awards made at EONS14

How was it for you?

‘The power of working together’ by EONS14 participant, Valentina Biagioli

“EONS14 gave me a sense of connection with colleagues and friends around Europe. Everyone has distinctive qualities, so I feel like I am part of a large family where young cancer nurses can learn from seniors and grow professionally. It gave me the perspective of what is relevant in other countries, with differences and many commonalities, clarifying the unmet needs for nursing care as the focus of research priorities. It gave me the oxygen I need to look well beyond the problems and difficulties of everyday professional life. It gave the sense of the power of working together to reduce the cancer burden across Europe.”

Valentina’s participation at EONS14 was made possible thanks to a grant from the Cancer Nursing Fund.


The EONS14 programme featured educational and collaborative sessions on the following themes:

  • Digital innovations in health
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Patient and occupational safety
  • Cancer Nursing: SARS-CoV-2 and cancer
  • Professional issues in cancer nursing
  • Health promotion, prevention and screening
  • Supportive care and symptom management

EONS14 symposia with top European cancer experts

In addition to the EONS14 educational sessions, six EONS14 industry-sponsored symposia took place throughout the day and evening of 22 September. They featured top cancer nursing experts and provided excellent learning opportunities on the following themes (all times were CEST):

  • Utilising technological solutions for cancer care: The cases of E-health and Apps (10.30-12.00)
  • Cancer-related cachexia – From perceptions to management (10.30-12.00)
  • CAR-T CELL therapy and management (10.30-12.00)
  • The Role of Cancer Nurses in Multi-professional Teams on the Digital Information Highway (18.45-20.15)
  • Living with Advanced Breast Cancer – What nurses need to know (18.45-20.15)
  • The Role of Cancer Nurses in Preparing Patients for Life After Cancer or Living with Cancer. (18.45-20.15)

View EONS14 symposia recordings

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