SACT and Radiotherapy MIGs (Members’ Interest Groups)





The aim of the UKONS SACT MIG is to enable chemotherapy nurses to influence clinical care, practice and the future direction of services at a national level.

  • It was founded in 2007
  • Is a forum for clinical debate and questioning colleagues
  • Offers membership-led work streams
  • Holds regular meetings to bring the work streams together
  • Organises educational events throughout the year and the UK

UKONS would like to make it SACT MIG members aware that there is an e-learning accredited chemotherapy course available from Newcastle University. Further information can be HERE.


To ask a question to the SACT MIG, please contact us by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Can keeping the mouth cold during cancer treatment help to prevent mouth soreness and ulcers in children and adults? Cochrane review

This review has been produced to assess whether or not keeping the mouth cold during cancer treatment, by using ice, ice-cold water, ice cream or ice lollies/popsicles, can help prevent mouth soreness and ulcers in children and adults.

Authors from the Cochrane Oral Health Group carried out this review of existing studies and the evidence is current up to 17 June 2015.

They are confident that oral cryotherapy leads to large reductions in oral mucositis of all severities in adults receiving 5FU for solid cancers. They are less confident in the ability of oral cryotherapy to reduce oral mucositis in adults receiving high-dose melphalan before HSCT. Evidence suggests that it does reduce oral mucositis in these adults, but they are less certain about the size of the reduction, which could be large or small. However, they are confident that there is an appreciable reduction in severe oral mucositis in these adults.

This Cochrane review includes some very recent and currently unpublished data, and strengthens international guideline statements for adults receiving the above cancer treatments.

For the full review, click HERE

To download the VAD (Vascular Access device) decision guide tool, please click HERE


Closed-system drug-transfer devices in addition to safe handling of hazardous drugs versus safe handling alone for reducing healthcare staff exposure to infusional hazardous drugs


UKONS position statement

In 2016 at their annual conference UKONS were requested by our members to provide some guidance on the effectiveness of closed-system drug transfer devices (CSTD) in addition to safe handling of hazardous drugs versus safe handling alone for reducing healthcare staff exposure to infusional hazardous drugs.

In response to this request UKONS commissioned a Cochrane systematic review to provide us with independent high quality, robust research to provide sufficient and unambiguous information on the potential benefits and costs of CSTD to inform a position statement which we are delighted to announce has now been published.

To read the full position statement, please click HERE

UKONS Radiotherapy MIG


UKONS is committed to developing a MIG specialising in radiotherapy nursing. This is currently in planning and it is expected that details of the MIG will be posted shortly. If you would like to be involved in the UKONS Radiotherapy MIG or would like further information once it becomes available please register your interest by contacting UKONS at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The aim of the UKONS Radiotherapy MIG is to:

  • Raise awareness of the key role that radiotherapy nurses can play in supporting patients and families through radiotherapy/ chemo-radiotherapy
  • Discuss issues related to developing and championing the role of radiotherapy nursing and to take it forward on the cancer agenda
  • Participate in exploring and benchmarking current radiotherapy nursing services as a framework for shaping and developing supportive care and services
  • Identify and share best practice for the assessment and management of radiotherapy induced side effects through supportive care frameworks and guidelines
  • Collaborate with allied health professionals and influential organisations to inform policies, practice and education
  • Explore and debate the potential for nurses to take a leading role in clinical research that addresses the best supportive care and treatment of radiotherapy side effects



To join the Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy MIG, please click HERE and complete the online form.


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