Prostate Cancer Screening Is Controversial

Oncology Nursing NewsSeptember 2018
Volume 12
Issue 7

This letter from the Chairman and CEO of Oncology Nursing News gives an overview of the contents of the September 2018 print issue of the magazine.

Whether or not to screen men for prostate cancer is a complicated issue. The cover article of this month’s Oncology Nursing News® delves into the arguments for and against prostate-specific antigen testing, and other possible forms of screening. Hear from nurse navigator Frank dela Rama, MSN, RN, CNS, AGN-BC, AOCNS, and survivor and advocate Steve Hentzen on the topic. Steve Shak, MD, co-founder, chief scientific officer, and chief medical officer of Genomic Health, also weighs in on how genomic testing could prevent overtreatment and address underdiagnosis.

This month’s feature story showcases Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, PhD, RN, FAAN, who left a Dominican convent to pursue nursing as her ultimate calling. Shannon Dorcy ministers to patients with cancer, conducts oncology research, and educates nurses around the world. Also in this issue, Editor-in-Chief Lisa Schulmeister shares facts about medical marijuana that nurses should know, before they are asked by their patients, in her “Nurse’s Notes” column.

The “Fast Facts for the Frontline” column explains the benefits of using volunteers in an oncology setting, and the “Professionally Speaking” column encourages celebrating nurses and their work throughout the year to improve motivation, recruitment, and retention.

Articles in the Clinical Insights section cover trial updates on treatments for lung cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and hematological malignancies. These articles can serve a dual purpose. They can help you stay abreast of important developments in various areas of the cancer landscape, and they can also help you earn continuing nursing education credit.

We hope you find our content engaging, informative, and helpful to you in your work. These articles will be available on If you share them on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #OncNurseConnect to reach and connect with a network of oncology nurses like you.

Mike Hennessy, Sr

Chairman and CEO

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