American Psychosocial Oncology Society

The mission of American Psychosocial Oncology Society is to advance the science and practice of psychosocial care for people affected by cancer.

This includes:

  • Providing a forum for professionals and individuals interested in the areas of psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual aspects of cancer;
  • Raising the level of awareness of health professionals and the public about psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual domains of care for patients with cancer
  • Developing and implementing educational programs for health professionals, patients, and the public on the psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual aspects of cancer
  • Developing a research agenda to be used as a guide for scientific study in the field
  • Developing standards of care for the management of the psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual domains of cancer
  • Assuring attention to the psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual domains in the evaluation of the quality of care for patients with cancer by regulatory agencies
  • Exploring innovative methods to enhance the recognition and treatment of psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual aspects of cancer
  • Promoting education and training of health professionals in the psychological, social, behavioral, and spiritual domains of cancer
  • Addressing the special needs of children, the elderly, and the underserved.

APOS CORE VALUES

  • People affected by cancer who receive psychosocial care can have improved quality of life and reduced distress, which enhances overall cancer care and survivorship.
  • Psychosocial oncology is a distinct professional discipline that is evidence based, rooted in the science of caring and integral to quality cancer care.
  • The science and practice of psychosocial oncology can be taught and shared through interdisciplinary research, education and professional networking.
  • APOS is committed to the highest integrity, honesty and accountability to professional ethics and standards of practice in psychosocial oncology.
  • APOS has a profound respect for the diversity of the human experience. Individuals are uniquely affected by cancer and its treatment and have the right to choose their own course of action.