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World Cancer Day 2017

As part of the World Cancer Day 2017 program the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) and our partner the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) are celebrating the contributions of nursing internationally. ISNCC represents over 60,000 cancer nurses worldwide, all of whom are vital to cancer care and control. 

 ISNCC Full Members have identified a nurse within their region to profile as part of World Cancer Day. The ISNCC Board of Directors also submitted nominations.

Congratulations to all nominated nurses below! 


Biemba Kahalu Maliti

Chief Nursing Officer – Oncology
President – Zambia Oncology Nurses Society
Lusaka, Zambia

Nominated by the Zambia Oncology Nurses Society

The main roles at Cancer Diseases Hospital are nursing administration, supervision of nursing staff, capacity building, mentorship, patient care coordination, research, planning and budgeting.I collaborate with other institutions and organisations. I oversee, coordinate and steer the Zambia Oncology Nursing Society in achieving its vision and objectives.

‘I Can’ promote early detection by building a quality cancer workforce



Neşe Dursun Sariyaz

Breast and Endocrine Surgery Nurse
Ankara / Central Anatolia Region, Turkey

Nominated by Turkish Oncology Nursing Society

I do training activities for health professionals and patients to increase breast cancer awareness. I give nursing care, counselling and psychosocial support to patients and their relatives for coping with cancer. I also train my patients and their relatives to make breast self-examination, prevent breast cancer and lymphoedema after breast surgery.  

‘I Can’ promote early detection by joining forces to make a difference, support other, challenge perceptions and take control. 


Jeannine M. Brant

Nurse Scientist
Billings, Montana, USA

Nominated by the Oncology Nursing Society (USA)

Dr. Jeannine Brant is a nurse scientist whose work is to stimulate a culture of inquiry and scientific endeavour in her Magnet organization and around the world. Her program of research focuses on pain and symptom management and palliative care. She also serves as an Oncology Nursing Society palliative care liaison for the Middle East.

'I Can' join forces with the Oncology Nursing Society and international partners to improve palliative care around the world.



Maritza S Arce-Larreta 

Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Coordinator
Salt Lake City / Utah, USA

Nominated by the ISNCC Board of Directors

Coordinates the Utah Breast and Cervical cancer program where low income women received timely screening, diagnostic follow-up and treatment. Major accomplishments: (a) electronic data capture of the follow-up process (b) community health worker programs for rural Utah (c) efforts to provide free diagnostic and treatment services for those in need. 

'I Can' promote early detection because I believe in it! Lives are saved when cancer is diagnosed early. 



Melissa Warren

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Colorectal Cancer /  Emergency Presentation of Colorectal Cancer Sub Regional Project (Ministry of Health Funded – One Year)
Wellington, New Zealand

Nominated by the Cancer Nurses College (New Zealand)

Melissa is a senior level clinical nurse specialist, involved in the care of the person and family affected by colorectal cancer from diagnosis to first treatment and beyond.  Melissa is currently working on a project investigating the emergency presentation of colorectal cancer, with the aim of improving equality of outcomes.

‘I Can’ promote early detection by raising awareness of signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.



Jane Campbell

President Elect, Cancer Nurses Society of Australia
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

Nominated by the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia

Mother Theresa said “not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love”. As President Elect, I provide leadership which includes inspiration. Inspiration feeds an individual’s aspiration, our dedication as cancer nurses makes us special. We are the ordinary achieving the extraordinary.

'I Can' build a quality cancer workforce by providing dedicated leadership which ensures the advancement of cancer nursing.



Naomi Oyoe Ohene Oti

Program Supervisor (Cancer Registry)
Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
Korle-Bu, Ghana 

Nominated by the ISNCC Board of Directors

Naomi Oyoe Ohene Oti has been working in the field of oncology for the past fourteen years. She leads oncology nursing training at the National Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine in Korle-Bu, Ghana. She has been pivotal in oncology nursing education at her facility and in Ghana.

'I Can' promote early detection by empowering primary focal persons to health educate and create awareness.




Angela Leahey 

Professional Leader – Oncology Nursing
Manager – APNs/Clinical Educators in Oncology & Palliative Care
Regional Oncology Nursing Lead 
Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Nominated by the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association canadienne des infirmières en oncologie

Oversees the standardization of and excellence in oncology nursing practice, education, research, and leadership to over 300 oncology nurses and 15 APNs/Clinical Educators in the inpatient and outpatient areas at a large academic health sciences centre and regional cancer centre. Advocates for and leads nursing research and CQI initiatives that enhance the patient and family experience in cancer care.

'I Can' support others to provide excellent care to cancer patients and their families.



Elisabete Maria Sousa Valério

President of AEOP association 
Porto, Portugal

Nominated by the Portuguese Nurse Oncology Association

I am the nursing coordinator of the breast clinic. I have the function of monitoring the patients in treatment and follow-up. Key role in the education of the patient and family. I am a member of AEOP (Portuguese oncological nursing association), I am currently the president.

'I Can' invest in cancer control by promoting health education and healthy living habits, and creating healthy schools, workplaces and cities. 




Ya-nan Liang

Oncology Nurse , Lymphedema therapist
Beijing, China 

Nominated by the Oncology Nursing Committee of the Chinese Nursing Association

My job is to offer nursing care for patients with gynecology cancer, including perioperative care, chemotherapy relative care and patients education. Apart from that, I improve nursing care through evidence-based nursing. As a lymphedema therapist, providing Complex Decongestion Therapy for patients with lower limb lymphedema is my duty as well.

'I Can' support others by offering more advanced patients’ education.