By Linda H. Eaton, PhD, RN, AOCN®

The late-breaking research presentations are one of the highlights for me at ONS Congress, keeping me up to date on recent oncology nursing discoveries. Last year at Congress, I increased my knowledge about genetics and cancer, decision making for women who are BRCA positive, and social well being and cytokine gene variation in patients with cancer and family caregivers. The late-breaking presentation on self-management approaches for our patients who have limited English proficiency provided me with many new ideas. In addition, I learned about educational practices in pediatric oncology. All of the presentations shared novel information that’s important to oncology nursing.

I highly encourage those of you with new research findings to begin the new year with submission of an ONS Congress abstract. The submission deadline is 11:59 pm EST on January 18, 2016. If you need help with preparing your abstract, take advantage of the ONS Mentorship Program for Abstract Writers by contacting the ONS education department toll free at 866-257-4ONS or email at absquestion@ons.org.

For those of you who are interested in what’s new in oncology nursing research, be sure to attend the late-breaking research presentations. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. If you aren’t able to attend Congress and want to read the late-breaking research abstracts, they’ll be published in the online Oncology Nursing Forum after Congress.

See you in San Antonio!

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