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: http://www.ipos2017.com/early-career-professionals.html

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 http://www.karelo.com/register.php?BID=618&BT=10&PrivEv=17312

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 – Call for Scholarship Applications

“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 preliminary program attached).

Scholarships will be provided to key African health care professionals (psychologists, physicians, nurses) to attend the 2017 IPOS Training Academy and AORTIC Congress in Rwanda, Africa. The number of scholarships will depend on funding. Scholarships will cover costs of training, flight, hotel, and meals up to a certain amount. Kindly complete the scholarship application, which will be peer-reviewed. Please note that we can only provide scholarships to people not otherwise already receiving a scholarship. We will also prioritize applicants who have not attended our Academy in the past, and will consider other applicants based on availability of scholarships.

  1. Deadline to Submit Scholarship applications (with CV in English): August 11, 2017
  2. Submit to: Anthony Laycock, IPOS Executive Director, Email: [email protected]
  3. Applicants will receive a notice of acceptance (or decline) during the week of September 11, 2017

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.

Preliminary Outline of the 2017 IPOS Training Academy in Kigali, Rwanda



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 info@ipos-society.org 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 (http://ipos-society.org/sigscommittees/)
  7. Familiarity with the Society’s Constitution and Organization Structure is required: http://ipos-society.org/about-ipos/constitution-organization/
  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 info@ipos-society.org

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 http://ipos-society.org/member-benefits/.

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 https://vimeo.com/207233272/0b63778a8b

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

Position Statement: Protecting Human Rights and Travel Freedom for Cancer Patients and their Families, Researchers and Providers of Cancer Care

Authored by the IPOS Human Rights Task Force

Released: March 7, 2017

The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is committed to the wellbeing and quality of life of cancer patients and survivors and their families worldwide. Therefore, IPOS advocates for humane physical and emotional care for refugees and immigrants worldwide without discrimination, as provided for in the Geneva Convention, especially those with cancer.

Given our organization’s focus on the well-being of cancer patients everywhere, we recognize the necessity for pediatric and adult cancer patients to travel freely to access medical, psychosocial and supportive care and for caregivers to travel freely to provide support for ill patients and other family members. When treatment is no longer effective, we recognize the right of every individual to palliative care and dying with dignity and the right of the loved ones to gather to honor and mourn their losses.

IPOS also supports international efforts to train health care providers in clear communication with patients and family members, support for shared decision-making and consideration of cancer patients’ states of distress and psychosocial needs. Freedom for researchers and care providers to acquire appropriate training, to work collaboratively in advancing care of cancer patients and to share ideas at international conferences is crucial to the rapid dissemination of research findings and progress in cancer care. Hence, IPOS strongly condemns the emergence of unjust and discriminatory policies which erect barriers that unnecessarily disrupt and disrespect the lives of many innocent people, among them, refugees from states with civil unrest, migrants needing cancer care, caregivers, and researchers and educators working to find cancer cures and to improve human health and well-being. These policies undermine the sense of community and collaboration which drives progress internationally. We encourage others to join us in sharing the responsibility of civil societies to protect those whose lives are made vulnerable by illness of any sort, by social unrest, poverty, or war.

Founded in 1984, the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) was created to foster international multidisciplinary communication about clinical, educational and research issues that relate to the subspecialty of psycho-oncology and two primary psychosocial dimensions of cancer:

  1. Response of patients, families and staff to cancer and its treatment at all stages
  2. Psychological, social and behavioral factors that influence tumor progression and survival.