Psycho-Oncology special issue on cancer inequalities

October’s edition of Psycho-Oncology is a special issue on equality and diversity in psycho-oncology co-edited by Dr Laura Ashley and Dr Iain Lawrie, whose Editorial for the issue is titled ‘Tackling inequalities in cancer care and outcomes: psychosocial mechanisms and targets for change’. The special issue was called for and coordinated by members of the Executive Committee of the British Psychosocial Oncology Society in response to the fact that cancer disparities persist as a global problem and priority, and to highlight the contribution that psychosocial oncology research can make in helping to tackle these.

More than 50 papers were submitted to the call for the issue in May 2015 – the most for any Psycho-Oncology special issue to date – and 148 reviewers based in 14 different countries have been involved in peer-reviewing the submissions. Sixteen of the submissions are included in the issue: three literature reviews, nine research papers, three clinical correspondence pieces and a report from the International Federation of Psycho-Oncology Societies. Collectively, the papers look at disparities in cancer care and outcomes across the cancer continuum (from screening, to symptom attribution, to diagnosis, treatment and care, and into survivorship) in relation to a number of different factors including education, ethnicity and cultural factors, residential location, age, relationship status, and the presence of comorbid health conditions.

The issue is currently free to access and is available at:

BPOS conference 2017 Joint meeting with NCRI Psycho-Oncology and Survivorship Clinical Studies Group

“Living with and beyond cancer: opportunities in a changing landscape”

Call for papers
The Executive Committee invite submission of structured abstracts for oral and poster presentations of no more than 250 words comprising: Background, Aims, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Abstracts should be submitted by our online submission system accessed via our website Abstract submission is now open and the deadline for submissions is the 15th of November 2016. Successful delegates will be notified by 15th of December.

World Cafe
For the first time we are including a ‘World Cafe’ workshop to BPOS with the intention of showcasing excellent clinical, educational, integrational and good practice initiatives in the form of poster presentations. Delegates wishing to present their work this way should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words describing their work (this does not need to be structured). The scientific committee will assess the merit of these abstracts separately from the main call for papers (described above). Abstract submissions along with title, full name and affiliation of authors should be sent to Dr Trish Holch BPOS secretary [email protected] by the 15th of November and presenters will know if they are successful by 15th of December.

Early-bird Registration Deadline: Friday 27th January 2017 accessed via our website
Registration Deadline: Tuesday 28th February 2016