Dear IPOS members and friends

It is an honour for me to represent all of you and to collaborate with our current Board members to further the development of psychooncology in the world.

During this coming period we will continue building on the hard work previous Boards have performed. In addition, I would like to see new developments within our society. In an effort to make it more representative of different parts of the world we have created a Latin American and Spanish Special Interest Group that was launched in Berlin and already has nearly 60 very active and enthusiastic members most of whom are new members to IPOS. Welcome to you all!

Since our meeting in Berlin we have continued our contact with WHO and are exploring new ways to collaborate with them in additional programs. We are very lucky that Andreas Ullrich has agreed to become a Board Advisor. I am sure it will be very enriching for IPOS to have him with us.

I would like to place more emphasis on communication between members of IPOS and between IPOS members and the Board. Some exciting options came up at our Board meeting and you will soon be informed of them. I also believe we should spread the word “out there” of what psychooncology is and what we do. By “out there” I mean the general public, the politicians, the patients. They all need to know that we exist and that we can be of great help.

Including other groups to be represented in IPOS would be wonderful and I think we should aim at that. Patient groups need to have their space with us. And we need to expand collaboration with palliative care professionals, nurses and social workers.

We need to update and extend our Multilingual Core Curriculum and develop different levels of training criteria for all those involved in cancer care. Our Education Committee will be working on these issues. And we need to focus on prevention: how can we teach preventive behaviors to people around the world? Psychology as you know, plays a major role in this! And here too, we have our Prevention Committee that you may join.

Many projects and many ideas, but none of these can be ¡carried out without your help. We are a large group of excellent professionals who have the same interest: optimize the psychological care of cancer patients and their families. We want you to participate more actively in the Society and we count on your expertise. Please join any of our Special Interest Groups or committees or contact me directly to give us your suggestions and valuable collaboration. Together we can reach the sky! Let´s go for it and thank you all!

Maria Die-Trill President IPOS

Early Career Professionals Mentoring Luncheon

The last couple of years the IPOS Early Career Committee has hosted a very successful mentor-mentee luncheon. This is a lunch session providing an opportunity for early career professionals to meet and exchange ideas with some of the most renowned researchers and clinicians in the field.

Ten mentors from leading international research centres will facilitate a small and informal group discussion with early career professionals. All early career professionals (that are current IPOS members) are invited to participate with ideas and topics for discussion provided as a guide.

The mentors this year are Jane Turner, Judith Prins, Lea Baider, Nick Hulbert-Williams, Paul Jacobsen, Richard Fielding, Wendy Lam, Sylvie Lambert, and Afaf Girgis.

For more information go to:

Please apply before the 24th of July 2017.

IPOS International Cookbook of Comfort Foods from Around the World

IPOS members and non-members can now order this “multi-cultural” cookbook online for only $15 (US) in PDF format. This cookbook was first published in print format in 2015 and includes recipes from IPOS members around the World. There are more than 100 recipes from 25 countries. Sales revenue of this cookbook go towards education initiatives IPOS offers in LMI countries, namely in Africa.

To get your appetite going, here is a small sample of recipes included in the cookbook:

  • American Meatloaf
  • Borsch (Russian Beet Soup)
  • Brazilian Pumpkin Soup
  • Chinese Garlic Eggplant
  • Cuban Picadillo
  • English Fruit Crumble
  • French Zucchini Pie Tourte Normande
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Jewish Sweet and Sour Stuffed Cabbage
  • Korean Miyeok-Guk
  • Lithuanian Cold Beet Soup
  • Macedonian Dandelion Nettle Stew
  • Malva Pudding (South African)
  • Nigerian Chicken-Beniseed Sesame Soup
  • North African Lamb Tagine
  • Persian Noodle, Herb and Bean Soup
  • Portuguese Chocolate Salami
  • Racuchy (Polish Apple Pancakes)
  • Rhumtopf (German Dessert)
  • Romanian Papansi
  • Spanish Paella Marinera
  • Sweet Japanese Rice Balls
  • Taiwan Shiitake Mushroom Soup
  • Tropical Egg Nog (Puerto Rico)
  • Tourtiere (French Canadian Meat Pie)
  • Turkish Yayla CorbasiVigoron (Nicaraguan Fast Food)

To order your copy online, please go to

When ordering online, you can indicate the number of copies to order. This is based on the honour system. If only ordering for your own use, please indicate “1.” If ordering for others, please indicate the number of people you plan on sharing with. Note, it is $15 per copy.

2017 IPOS Training Academy in Kigali, Rwanda

“The IPOS Academy was inspiring and educative.  It has yielded so much positive impact and influence on my clinical practice.”
Quote from previous attendee of the 2015 Marrakesh Training Academy

Advancing Cancer Care in Africa.
2017 IPOS Training Academy in Kigali, Rwanda, November 5-6, 2017
Theme: Psycho-Oncology in Cancer Prevention and Control in Africa

IPOS has developed, in close partnership with our colleagues in Africa and in collaboration with AORTIC, a Training Academy on the theme of Cancer Prevention and Control in Africa. The goal of this Training Academy is to train African health care professionals to 1) better understand cultural, social, and psychological barriers to cancer prevention in Africa, and 2) address these barriers through evidenced-based programs (see program below).

Scholarships applicants have all been notified of results. If you applied for a scholarship and cannot locate your results email, please contact [email protected]

Our Organization:

IPOS is the sole multidisciplinary international charitable organization devoted to psycho-oncology, leading in education, research, training, public policy, and advocacy. In 2014, IPOS celebrated its 30th anniversary and began a partnership with the World Health Organization. Part of our mandate is to build capacity for cancer care in low-income countries. IPOS includes 65+ member countries from 6 continents.

IPOS Training Academy – Kigali, Rwanda – November 5-6, 2017
This program is Co-Sponsored by the World Health Organization

Theme:  Psycho-Oncology in Cancer Prevention and Control in Africa

Overall Goal: To educate attendees on using psycho-oncology to increase cancer prevention and control.

Methods: The Training Academy will use a combination of didactic seminars and roundtable discussions, in which participants will be encouraged to discuss knowledge translation as it relates to public policy, research, clinical, and training, as well as outline needs for collaboration in these areas.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the Training Academy, attendees will be able to:

NOVEMBER 4, 2017:

19:00-20:30 Pre-Academy Working Cocktail for Faculty (Scholars are meeting on November 5th at 8:00 am)

NOVEMBER 5, 2017:

8:00-9:00 Opening Comments from Co-Chairs Dr. Chioma Asuzu, Dr. Melissa Henry, and Distinguished Representatives

1. Describe how Psycho-Oncology can promote positive health behaviors to improve primary and secondary cancer prevention

  • Health behaviors etiologically associated with cancer occurrence and early detection, and public health risk-reducing policies in African adult and pediatric settings
    • 9:00-9:30 Cancer screening (To be determined)
    • 9:30-10:30 Tobacco Control and alcohol reduction (Dr. Akindele Olupelumi Adebiyi, Nigeria)
    • 10:30-11:00 Lifestyle behaviors: Exercise and diet (Dr. Christian Ntizimira; Rwanda)

11:00-11:15 Morning Break

  • 11:15-11:45 Critical appraisal of the scientific literature on socio-cultural barriers to cancer prevention in Africa (To be determined)
    • Stigma, lack of spousal support, fear of the unknown, and other cultural and religious barriers
    • Conceptual models to understand low uptake of preventive efforts: Health Belief Model, Andersen’s Behavioural Model of Health Services Use

2. Describe strategies to reduce screening and treatment delays from a psycho-oncological perspective

  • Health care models that work
    • 11:45-12:45 Connections: Integrating spiritual and traditional healers in cancer prevention programs and routine cancer care in Nigeria (Dr. Chioma Asuzu; Nigeria and Dr. Mark Lazenby; California, USA)

12:45-13:15 LUNCH

    • Overview of cancer outreach programs – Eliminating health disparities through cultural responsiveness in medicine
      • 13:15-14:15 Working with community-embedded institutions and eliciting the patient or community member’s health belief model (Dr. Francesca Gany; New-York, USA)
      • 14:15-15:15 A systems thinking approach to improving cancer care delivery through psycho-oncology (Dr. David Lounsbury; New-York, USA)
    • 15:15-15:45 Public – Private Partnership: Enhancing screening in Rural Africa: A Kenyan Example (Lets fight this battle together campaign in Kenya)(Dr. Phillip Odyio; Kenya)

3. 15:45-16:15 Brief evidenced-based interventions to help patients make positive health behavior change in medical and cancer clinics (Dr. Melissa Henry; Montreal, Canada)

  • The cancer diagnosis as a wake-up call to initiate health behavior change
  • Overview of pharmaceutical aids and their proven efficacy
  • 5A, FRAMES, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) – their interdisciplinary application starting with physicians

16:15-16:45 Afternoon Break

  • 16:45-18:30 Roundtable: Structural and Cultural Change to Improve Survival
    Chair: Margaret Barton-Burke (New York, USA)

NOVEMBER 6, 2017:

4. Acquire skills in psychotherapeutic interventions to promote positive health behaviors and enhance the quality of life of cancer patients throughout the cancer care continuum

  • 8:00-8:30 Overview of psychological interventions applicable to Psycho-Oncology (Dr. Scott Nichols; California, USA)
  • Anxiety, fear of the unknown, denial, and PTSD: How it influences treatment decision-making and what we can do to help
    • 8:30-9:00 Understanding and managing pre-procedure anxiety and avoidance in medical settings using behavioral and pharmaceutical interventions (Dr. Scott Nichols; California, USA))
    • 9:00-9:30 Reinforcing connections: The importance of communal and family partnership in care (Dr. Philip Odyio; Kenya)

5. 9:30-10:00 Model of psycho-oncology as developed in Nigeria (Dr. Chioma Asuzu; Nigeria)

6. 10:00-10:30 Pain management as a basic human right in cancer care (Dr. Sokhna Ndiaye; Senegal)

10:30-10:45 Morning Break

7. 10:45-16:15 (Lunch 12:45-13:15) Evidenced-based behavioral interventions for use in oncology

  • Existential psychotherapy for patients with advanced cancer (Dr. Elizabeth Akin-Odanye; Nigeria; Dr. Allison Applebaum; New-York, USA)
    • Introduction to Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP), a therapeutic approach based on the principles of logotherapy and existential psychology, which utilizes didactics, discussions, and experiential exercises that focus on specific themes related to both meaning and advanced cancer.
    • The goal of MCP is to help patients with advanced cancer sustain or enhance a sense of meaning, peace, and purpose in their lives even as they approach the end of life
      • Specific Goals of MCP:
        • To promote a supportive environment for cancer patients to explore personal issues and feelings surrounding their illness on a one-to-one therapeutic basis
        • To facilitate a greater understanding of possible sources of meaning both before and after a diagnosis of cancer
        • To aid patients in their discovery and maintenance of a sense of meaning in life during illness

16:15-16:30 Afternoon Break

  • 16:30-18:00 Roundtable: Service Development/Planning to Integrate Psycho-Oncology Care in Africa
    Chair: Dr. David Lounsbury (New York, USA)


The FORWARDS SIG was pleased to see that fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) was the topic of considerable interest at the recent 2017 ASCO meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The Annual Meeting brings together oncology professionals from around the world to discuss state-of-the-art treatment modalities, new therapies, and ongoing controversies in the field. This month Dr Jane Beith (Medical Oncologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney & University of Sydney) presented the first results of the Conquer Fear trial, a randomized controlled trial of an FCR-specific psychological intervention at ASCO. Dr Paul Jacobsen, Associate Director of the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Science’s (DCCPS) Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP) also highlighted the increasing evidence for FCR interventions from three recent randomized controlled trials and highlighted the need to consider ways to bring effective FCR intervention into routine clinical care at the ASCO meeting.

Additional Call for Board Nominations for 2017 – 2019 Term

Seeking one individual Director from the targeted regions of either Latin America or Asia

On April 1, 2017 a call for nominations for six (6) positions was released. The call for nominations closed on May 19, 2017. We are pleased to report that we have a full slate of nominees for all positions.

  • Vice President – for the position of Vice President one nomination was received for Dr. Jane Turner (Australia).
  • Secretary – for the position of Secretary one nomination was received for Dr. Tom Hack (Canada).
  • Director (targeted regions of India, Russia and Africa) – for this Director position one nomination was received for Dr. Chioma Asuzu  (Nigeria).
  • Director (targeted region of United States of America) – for this Director position one nomination was received for Dr. Christian Nelson.
  • Director (targeted region of Canada) – for this Director position, two nominations were received for Dr. Mary Jane Esplen and Dr. Melissa Henry. An election will be coordinated shortly.
  • Early Career Director – one nomination was received for this position for Ozan Bahcivan (Turkey).

In seeking the nomination for Vice President, Dr. Jane Turner will be ending her current term as Director early, creating a vacancy for the 2017-2019 term. The Board of Directors is seeking nominations for a Director from the targeted regions of Latin America or Asia. The deadline to submit is June 15, 2017 with the official start of the term commencing on August 18, 2017. Individuals with a current “Active” membership type from Latin America or Asia are encouraged to submit nominations for the volunteer Board position.

Important Nomination and Election Timelines:

  • Release of call for nominations: June 1, 2017
  • Nomination Deadline – June 15, 2017
  • Ballots to be issued to all voting members – June 20, 2017
  • Voting Closes – July 15, 2017
  • Notification will be included in the 2017 IPOS AGM package emailed to all members by July 31, 2017.
  • Official term commences August 18, 2017.

How to submit a nomination:

Each Nomination must include the following, TOGETHER in one email, to [email protected] by June 15, 2017.

  1. Completed and signed nomination ACCEPTANCE form.
  2. Completed NOMINATOR form from a fellow IPOS member that holds an “Active” type of membership. Note, individuals that hold the following membership types are not eligible to nominate or vote: Associate, Members-in-Training, Honorary or Life. The nominator form must come from an IPOS member eligible to vote.
  3. Your Election Candidate Summary (to be used in the election packaged shared with voting members). This summary is to be in a Word file and include the following:
    • Name and suffix, current employment position, employer name, city, prov/state, country
    • Point form highlights of your experience with IPOS
    • Current picture
    • Current biography – brief 100 to 200 words maximum.
    • Candidate Statement – outline about why you want to serve on the IPOS board and your election platform (what you would bring to IPOS if elected). 100 to 300 words maximum.

Individual Director Position Description:

This position is for a two-year term on the Board of Directors. Directors shall reflect an international and multidisciplinary composition and function as the governing body of the Society. The primary responsibility of the Directors shall be to establish the policies of the Society. The Directors shall also monitor the activities of the Society to ensure compliance with, and progress toward the achievement of, those policies.  The IPOS Constitution allows the Board to work towards ensuring appropriate geographical representation.


  1. The primary language IPOS operates in is English.
  2. The Board of Directors meet at a minimum every six months with all Directors expected to participate. Meeting are held via Google hangouts, with at least one meeting being in person. IPOS does not reimburse costs for attending or participating in meetings.
  3. The Executive Committee meets as the need arises via Google hangouts.
  4. Both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee are expected to closely monitor the activities of the Society and provide support as needed.
  5. Elected individuals will strongly be encouraged to attend in person a Board meeting in conjunction with the 2017 World Congress in Berlin.
  6. All Board of Directors and Executive Committee members are expected to volunteer on a minimum of one IPOS committee (
  7. Familiarity with the Society’s Constitution and Organization Structure is required:
  8. The IPOS Board is considered a “working” Board, which requires directors to take on responsibilities beyond board meetings. This may include, but not limited to, supporting committee initiatives, working on agreed upon special projects, special initiatives and outreach to other organizations to further the IPOS mandate.

Questions/Comments? Please direct them to [email protected]

Concept Development Workshop for Early Career Professionals

Do you have great ideas, but not worked out a research plan yet? Do you have a research plan but it needs some fine-tuning? Are you interested in networking and collaborating with other early career researchers in your research? Do you want expert advice? Then this is your chance!

The IPOS Early Career Psycho-Oncology Professionals (ECPP) committee and the Research committee are together organizing a pre-conference Concept Development workshop on the 15th of August right before the 2017 World Congress in Berlin. The goal of the Concept Development workshop is to foster Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the development of studies of clinical relevance and importance in psycho-oncology through a mentoring and facilitated collaboration process. The aim is to provide a supportive environment for intensive development on study design and methods, and to then get some advice and input from experts in the field through a “Dragon’s Den” at the end of the workshop.

Any ECR who has finished (or will soon finish) their PhD (or equivalent) is eligible for the workshop. Whilst it would be great if you’ve already got some research concepts or ideas to bring along, this isn’t necessary to apply. All we ask that anyone applying to be part of the workshop comes prepared to actively participate in the day. We hope that this workshop will be a great networking opportunity for you to develop collaborative research partnerships with other early career researchers. The workshop will also provide a unique opportunity to tap into the expertise of senior psycho-oncology researchers.

Please keep an eye on the newsletter and website to learn more about how you can apply for this workshop. Please note that it is required that you register for the conference in Berlin to be able to participate in this workshop. However, the concept development workshop itself will be free of charge. If you already would like to express your interest in participating in this event please contact Kirsten Douma ([email protected]) or Michelle Peate ([email protected]).

IPOS Call for Board Nominations for 2017 – 2019 Term

The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is now accepting nominations to be on the Board of Directors. The deadline to submit is May 19, 2017 with the official start of the term commencing on August 18, 2017.

Individuals with a current “Active” membership type from across the globe are encouraged to submit nominations for the volunteer Board positions noted below. The following positions are open for nomination by individuals who hold an ACTIVE membership type:

  1. One Vice President position
  2. One Secretary position
  3. Three individual Director positions:
    • One Director from the targeted regions of India, Russia and Africa.
    • One Director from the United States.
    • One Director from Canada.

New this year is a board position for an Early Career member. This new board position, which was approved by the membership earlier this year, is to ensure our early career members have representation. The following position is open for nomination by individuals who hold an “Early Career Psycho-Oncology Professionals (ECPP)” membership type:

  1. One Early Career Director

Position Descriptions:

We recommend downloading the 2017 IPOS Nomination Information Package for a description of each position open for nomination as well as a breakdown of expectations.

To Submit a Nomination:

  1. Please download and complete the 2017 Nomination Acceptance form.
  2. Include one completed Nominator form from a fellow current IPOS member with an active membership.
  3. In a single document (Word file please) your Election Candidate Summary (to be used in the election packaged shared with voting members). This summary should include the following:
    • Name and suffix, current employment position, employer name, city, prov/state, country
    • Point form highlights of your experience with IPOS
    • Current picture
    • Current Biography – brief 100 to 200 words maximum.
    • Candidate Statement – outline of why you want to serve on the IPOS board and your election platform. 100 to 300 words maximum.
  4. Completed nominations are to be sent to IPOS by email to [email protected] by May 19, 2017.

Important Nomination and Election Timelines:

  • Release of call for nominations: March 29, 2017
  • Nomination Deadline – May 19, 2017
  • Ballots to be issued to all voting members – May 24, 2017
  • Voting Closes – June 30, 2017
  • Notification will be included in the 2017 IPOS AGM package emailed to all members by July 31, 2017.
  • Official term commences August 18, 2017.

Remember to make sure you have a current membership with IPOS for 2017 before submitting. Details are further down below on how to join/renew.

Join/Renew your IPOS membership for 2017

Have you already joined or renewed with IPOS for 2017? Just click the “Register Now” below to become a member for 2017.

Credit card payments are accepted online. If you would like to pay by cheque or prefer not able to pay online, please contact IPOS to request a hard copy dues invoice (for renewing members) or download and complete a membership application (for new members).

For a complete breakdown of the benefits of membership with IPOS, please go to

2017 Membership Pricing:

Active membership:

Associate membership:

Early Career Psycho-Oncology Professionals (ECPP) membership:

  • $25 US for all Early Career professionals from all countries
  • ECPP membership requirement: practicing but within three years of final training (years 2014 to 2017 of last year of training. Individuals where last year of training was 2013 or before need to become Active or Associate members)

Members-in-Training membership:

  • $25 US for all Members-in-Training from all countries

Minister Dick message for Cancer Council Queensland – Professor Jeff Dunn AO – March 2017

IPOS Secretary, Professor Jeff Dunn AO retirement recognition as CEO of Cancer Council Queensland from Cameron Dick, PM, Minister of Health and Ambulance Services, Australia. Watch the video by going to

Congratulations Dr. Dunn!

IPOS Accepting Applications for the Honorary Position of Co-Editor

The International Psycho-oncology Society Newsletter was launched in 2015 as a quarterly online website publication.

Applications are invited for the Honorary Position of Co-Editor.

One vacancy is currently available in the first instance for an appointment period of two years from April 2017 to March 2019. The applicants must be able to commit to approximately 12 hours per month.

Enthusiasm, interest in the IPOS community, IT and online skills are the major requirements for applicants. Prior editing experience will be valuable but is not a requirement.

Early career psycho-oncologists are encouraged to apply.

The positions provide an opportunity for the two Co-Editors to reach out and become familiar with the IPOS community and our Federated Societies from around the world.

The Co-Editor will work, in the first instance alongside Dr Simone Cheli (Co-Editor), Dr Maggie Watson (IPOS Communications and Publications Committee) and Dr Mary-Jane Esplen (IPOS Website Committee).

Applications should include:

  1. A brief biosketch
  2. A summary of your vision for the development of the Newsletter (no more than 400 words)
  3. Confirmation that you are an IPOS member

Please send items 1 to 3 to Dr. Maggie Watson by email.

Application closing date is 31 March 2017