Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing

: 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 444--445

Highlights – 8th Nursing Symposium on Cancer Care

Carmen Chan 
 The Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Carmen Chan
The Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

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The 8th Nursing Symposium on Cancer Care, an event organized by the Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, was successfully held on May 24–25, 2018 in Hong Kong, China, under the theme “Composing future symphony of cancer care through collaboration, innovation, and transformation.” The Symposium, led by Professor Ka Ming Chow and Professor Cho Lee Wong, aims to provide an opportunity for international exchanges and discussions between healthcare providers, policymakers and academic researchers on the potential strategies to achieve innovation for the optimization of care for cancer patients worldwide. The events had attracted more than 300 individuals from a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as countries in North America, Europe, and Africa.

We have invited 20 overseas and local renowned speakers to deliver speeches at the Symposium. In particular, we are pleased to be able to invite Professor Greta G. Cummings from the University of Alberta and Professor Alexandra McCarthy from the University of Auckland as our keynote speakers for the event. Professor Cummings delivered a keynote address titled “Leadership in improving outcomes of cancer care through collaboration, innovation and transformation,” providing an update on previous research on leadership in nursing, and suggesting strategies in developing leadership skills among nurses. Professor McCarthy delivered a keynote speech titled “Eat well, move well, sleep well: Translating lifestyle research to the clinical cancer setting,” discussing how nutrition, physical activity, and sleep can affect cancer development and the effective strategies in enabling individuals to engage in healthy lifestyles to prevent cancer.

In addition to the speeches presented by the invited speakers, there were 41 oral presentations and 60 poster presentations delivered by the Symposium attendees. These presentations were grouped into six themes related to oncology care, namely, cancer prevention and management, cancer screening and early detection, care delivery and symptom management, survivorship and psychosocial care, palliative and end-of-life care, innovation, and development in cancer care. These presentations, therefore, provided a great opportunity for Symposium attendees to gain a better understanding on the current developments in research into the ways of enhancing the quality of different facets of care across the cancer care continuum.


The Symposium Organising Committee members: Professor Carmen Chan, Professor Ka Ming Chow, Professor Sek Ying Chair, Professor Jo Lee Wong, Professor Winnie So, and Professor Doris Leung (1st row from right to left). Ms. Tess Kwen, Ms. Dorothy Chan, Dr. Winnie Tang, Ms. Gigi Ling, Dr. Philip Hung, Dr. Fiona Tang, Ms. Pinky Lee and Ms. Vivian Wu (2nd row from right to left).


Professor Ka Ming Chow (1st from left), Prof. Greta Cummings (2nd from left), Prof. Alexandra McCarthy (middle), Professor Carmen Chan (2nd from right), and Professor Cho Lee Wong (1st from right).


Professor Sek Ying Chair (First row, 4th from right), Professor Carmen Chan (First row, 3rd from left), and Professor Winnie So (Second row, 1st from right) with the keynote and plenary speakers in the symposium dinner.