The 'VANAC team': Establishing a cancer prevention team

L. Genovese, D. Wholihan

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Nurses recognize the increasing need to focus on primary and secondary prevention of cancer, yet the demands of current staffing prohibit many nurses from organizing and/or participating in cancer prevention and detection activities. This article describes an innovative program established at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA). Funded by an American Cancer Society professional education grant, nurses at the Bronx VA formed the 'VANAC' Team (VA Nurses Against Cancer). The camaraderie of a team approach invited generalist nurses to become involved with the program. The formation and activities of the team are described. After an intensive orientation, nurses participated in a wide range of educational activities, including patient education, staff seminars, and community presentations. The logistics of arranging such a program are discussed and recommendations for future direction are offered. It is hoped that nurses in other institutions can adapt the VANAC approach to their individual settings, thereby increasing the number of nurses involved in cancer prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-426
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1995


  • Cancer prevention
  • Education
  • Nursing activities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)


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