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Dr. Jill Biden to Deliver Keynote Address at Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators Ninth Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference in Dallas

Advances in cancer treatment and care have traditionally been measured in years. For patients in the battle of their lives, however, waiting for the next breakthrough isn’t always an option. For them, the need is now.

This urgency is the motivation behind the Biden Cancer Initiative and the topic of Dr. Jill Biden’s keynote presentation at the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) Ninth Annual Navigation & Survivorship Conference in Dallas.

Dr. Biden will take the stage of the Hilton Anatole (2201 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas) Trinity Ballroom at 9:00 am on Friday, November 16, 2018, to speak about the need to accelerate research, bridge the gaps in cancer care, break down barriers, increase knowledge sharing, and ultimately provide hope. She’ll then be joined by Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG, Co-Founder and Program Director, AONN+, for a question and answer session.

In addition to the more than 1,000 conference attendees, AONN+ has invited Cancer Support Community North Texas and other local advocacy groups to bring area cancer patients and their families to hear Dr. Biden’s message in person.

“AONN+ is so pleased that Dr. Biden could join us for this event and share her message of hope and support with our members and special guests from the North Texas region,” shares AONN+’s Danelle Johnston, MSN, RN, ONN-CG, OCN, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Initiatives. “As navigators, we understand all too well the barriers that patients, caregivers, and researchers face. It’s this shared comprehension and commitment to advancing care and treatment that inspired AONN+ to become an early partner of the Biden Cancer Initiative.”

Each year, AONN+’s Navigation & Survivorship Conference draws navigation and other oncology professionals together from across the country for the opportunity to gain valuable insight and cutting-edge ideas, share oncology navigation best practices, and discuss treatment trends and challenges.

In addition to Dr. Biden’s presentation, highlights of AONN+’s Ninth Annual Conference include:

Thursday, November 15
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm    
Continuing the Conversation on Clinical Trials: The Critical Role That Navigators Play in Providing Education and Access to Patients

Saturday, November 17
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm     
AONN+ Award Event (presentation of Oncology Nurse Excellence™ and Hero of Hope Patient awards)

For the full agenda, visit

About the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators® (
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is the largest national specialty organization dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life by defining, enhancing, and promoting the role of oncology nurses and patient navigators. The organization, which has more than 8,200 members, was founded in 2009 to provide a network for all professionals involved and interested in patient navigation and survivorship care services in order to better manage the complexities of the cancer treatment process.

The Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship® ( is the official publication of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+). It is published 12 times a year and features topics related to patient navigation and survivorship care. The Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship offers original research, best practices, interviews, case reports, and study highlights, as well as a platform through which navigators can share research and views on navigation and survivorship issues.

CONQUER: the patient voice magazine® ( is the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) premier forum for patients with cancer. CONQUER features articles written by and for patients with cancer, survivors, nurse navigators, and other oncology team members. This magazine addresses the issues that patients, their family members, and caregivers face every day in an easy-to-read format. Issues include interviews with patients with cancer, information on access to care, and articles on lifestyle topics such as nutrition, stress management, personal finance, and legal and employer issues. CONQUER also features patient stories that are nominated for the AONN+ Hero of Hope Patient Award, which is presented at the AONN+ Annual Conference. All stories are compiled in a special issue of CONQUER at the end of the year.

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