Nightingale challenge 2023

EONS Young Cancer Nurses Nightingale Challenge webinars are back!

WEBINAR #1The Future of Cancer Treatments

November 8, 2023 – 18.00 CET (17.00 UK)

Finding methods of successfully treating cancer has been one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. Worldwide, an estimated 19.3 million new cancer cases and almost 10.0 million cancer deaths occurred in 2020 (GLOBOCAN 2020). According to estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2019, cancer is the first or second leading cause of death in people below the age of 70 in 112 of 183 countries and ranks third or fourth in a further 23 countries. Crucially, the global cancer burden is expected to be 28.4 million cases in 2040, a 47% rise from 2020. A significant increase in knowledge surrounding oncogenesis, risk factors and drivers of cancer development over the last two decades, has resulted in the development of new, more targeted treatments. Oncological treatments are increasing utilising specific targets within the cancer cell to engineer more effective treatment of particular types of cancer. Recent development of new technologies has also played a key role  in personalising treatments and could bring significant differences in the patients’ cure outcomes.   This webinar explores CAR-T cell Therapy and Robotic Surgery as two of those innovative approaches, which can give cancer patients better chances for the best possible outcome. CAR-T Cell Therapy aims to fit the treatment according to each patient’s specific needs using their own immune T-cells and genetically engineering them to target a specific cancer antigen. Whereas Robotic Surgery represents hope for patients for whom classic surgery may not be possible. The robot-assisted and 3-D imaging technology allows surgeons to perform complex surgeries with more precision than conventional techniques. Let’s dive into the music of the future!
Stavroula Chante, YCN representative, UK
Selma Islamčević, YCN representative, Croatia
CAR-T Cell Therapy: Bradley Dixon, MD
Robotic Surgery: Danko Kostadinov, MD, PhD., UK

WEBINAR #2: Cancer Nurses and Psychological Distress

Nov 27, 202318.00 CET (17.00 UK)

Cancer nurses have been noticed as one of the groups at the greatest risk for psychological distress. Oncology nurses’ chronic stress related to the sub-optimal healthcare outcome of patients significantly increases the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or anxiety. Chronicity of cancer care, exposure to harmful treatments, and extension of life with concern of sustaining quality, especially treating patients with poor prognoses, may be excessively disruptive. Cancer nurses face multiple ethical challenges, patient fears, deaths, and grieving of patients’ loved ones while providing care. Therefore, chronic distress experienced by oncology nurses arising from immediate, everyday exposures to patient’s suffering together with all other common nurses’ challenges, e.g., excessive workload, shortage, make them particularly vulnerable to burnout. Join us to get a better understanding of the psychological distress of cancer nurses together with a very own story of burnout experience.
Tuğba Pehlivan, YCN representative, Turkey Cláudia Gomes, YCN representative, Portugal
Psychological Distress:
Helena Lynch, YCN representative, Ireland
Life with burnout syndrome:
Michaela Popelkova, YCN Co-Chair, Czech Republic