IPOS standard at BCY3 guidelines

Dear Colleagues

I was invited to participate at the 3rd ESO-ESMO Breast Cancer in Young Women International Conference in Lugano, Switzerland, to present Psycho-oncology issues at the Survivorship session.


Recently I participated at the panel of experts for the clinical guidelines of the treatment of young women with breast cancer. I was able to place our standard in the guidelines as you can see in the attached photo, which was unanimously voted for ‘approve’ by the panel!

A small step but which hopefully will make a big difference in the near future for the treatment and care these group of patients!

The guidelines will be published soon.

I will keep you posted.

All my best,

President, IPOS
Luzia Travado PhD
Portugal (2014-2017)

Prostate Cancer Units Network – Free Membership



 Call for IPOS Academy Workshop Proposals with the first deadline being January 15, 2017.

willkommen in Berlin! It is our privilege and great pleasure to invite you to join us for the 19th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Berlin, Germany, which will be held in the summer of 2017, from 14th– 18th August.


Please send your academy Workshop Proposal to [email protected]

For more information, please go to http://c3.ipos2017.com/

IPOS workshop Policies

The conference planning committee recognizes and values the contribution workshop presenters make towards a successful conference, but at the same time also recognize the need to ensure the conference is financially successful for all partners. With this in mind, the 2017 speaker benefits are summarized below.

All workshop presenters who plan on attending the full conference must register to attend.

  • A complimentary gala reception ticket will be provided.
  • Workshop presenters are responsible for all aspects of their travel.
  • IPOS is not in a financial position to offer honorariums.


APSCO – Romanian Association for Services and Communication in Oncology unreservedly endorses the IPOS International Quality Standard of Cancer Care

We are pleased to confirm that APSCO – Romanian Association for Services and Communication in Oncology unreservedly endorses the IPOS International Quality Standard of Cancer Care.

APSCO – Romanian Association for Services and Communication in Oncology is a non-profit association whose goal is informing and changing patients and societies’ mentality regarding cancer diagnosis, physical and mental rehabilitation of cancer patients, promoting and implementing their rights, psychosocial cancer care for patients and their families, as well as giving support to medical staff in order to provide complex and complete services which contribute to quality of life improvement.

IPOS’s International Quality Standard of Cancer Care will be reflected in the policy and practice of APSCO – Romanian Association for Services and Communication in Oncology as it was translated and adapted into Romanian and Hungarian languages and made public on this website:


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: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pon.v25.10/issuetoc

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 www.bpos.org. 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 www.bpos.org
Registration Deadline: Tuesday 28th February 2016


Dr. Bill Breitbart Recipient of the 2017 Trish Greene Quality of Life Award

2017 Winner of the Trish Greene Quality of Life Award: Dr. William Breitbart, MD


The Trish Greene Quality of Life Award is presented annually, by the The American Cancer Society, to recognize an outstanding investigator in the field of quality of life research. This award recognizes the importance of the contributions of researchers who have devoted a significant portion of their careers to the various areas of quality of life and have accomplished outstanding research that benefits cancer patients and their families.

The award presentation will take place during the 2017 Nationwide Volunteer and Staff Leadership Summit, January 11-13, 2017, in Atlanta.

Congratulations from IPOS on this wonderful achievement to Dr. William Breitbart, MD.


The Editors of the Psycho-oncology Journal are pleased to announce updates

The Editors of the Psycho-oncology Journal are pleased to announce updates.

New Impact Factor: 3.256

The impact factor has increase by 33%

We thank all authors publishing with the journal and will continue to strive to provide the best dissemination avenue for psychosocial oncology research.

Early Publication Route

The publisher of the journal – Wiley – has introduced an early publication route: your paper can now be published within 5 days of acceptance. See the journal website for more information.


Wiley has partnered with Publons, a valuable new service dedicated to supporting improvements in peer review. Publons aims to give credit to reviewers for their contributions in a format they can include in resumés and funding applications. Publons provides a valued service for reviewers who feel it’s important to have a public record of their review activity.  Reviews remain blind and unpublished, meaning that the reviewer’s name will only be associated with the journal and reviewer comments will not be published.

Special Issue

Watch out for the special issue on Equality and Diversity appearing in October 2016.

We are now taking proposals for further themed issues for 2017 and 2018 Details from [email protected] Executive Co-Editor.

Dr. Jimmie Holland & Dr Maggie Watson Co-Editors

IPOS Awarded six (6) scholarships of € 1,000 each to assist with attending the 18th IPOS World Congress

The International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS) awarded six (6) scholarships of 1,000 each to assist with attending the 18th IPOS World CongressPsycho-oncology Science, Art & Practice: Bridging the Gaps, 17- 21 October 2016 Dublin, Ireland

THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO SUBMITTED! Results have all been sent.

Details concerning the 2016 scholarships:

Applicants must be cancer professionals resident in World Bank Designated Low-Middle Income Countries and be current members of IPOS with an interest in developing psychosocial oncology care for cancer patients and their families.


  1. Applicants must be making an oral or poster presentation at the congress.
  2. Applicants must not have received a previous scholarship award from IPOS to qualify.
  3. Must apply for Scholarship Award on or before August 1, 2016.
  4. Applications must be complete, and include all the required information in ONE single email.
  5. Must be a current IPOS member*.

Click here to download the scholarship application form. When completing the scholarship application form, please PRINT or TYPE in ENGLISH and email the form, along with other required information, to: [email protected]. Confirmation of receiving submissions will be provided by email within 2-business days.

Closing date for applications is Monday 1st August 2016.

IPOS Call for Board Nominations Closed

Nominations are no longer being accepted. Election details have been emailed to all IPOS members with a ACTIVE type of membership.

Details on the call for nomination process are below:

Want to become more involved with IPOS? Have something to offer? Here’s your chance for a new and rewarding experience!
IPOS is now accepting nominations from active members to be on the Board of Directors. Individuals with a current “Active” membership from across the globe are encouraged to submit nominations for the volunteer Board positions noted below.

In the last year IPOS membership has grown by more than 24% with members in 61 countries. Now’s your chance to be part of our growing voice for Psycho-Oncology professionals around the World! Nominations are due by July 31, 2016. Outlined below are complete details about the positions and how to submit nominations.

The following positions are open for nomination:

  1. One Vice President position
  2. One Treasurer position
  3. Three individual Director positions

Important Nomination and Election Timelines:

  • Release of call for nominations: June 3, 2016
  • Nomination Deadline – July 31, 2016
  • Ballots to be issued to all voting members – August 24, 2016
  • Voting Closes – October 1, 2016

How to submit a nomination:

Each Nomination must include the following, TOGETHER in one email, to [email protected] by July 31, 2016.

  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, Early Career Psycho-Oncology Professionals (ECPP), 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.

Position Descriptions:

  • Vice President: This position involves a six-year commitment to the IPOS Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The succession pattern shall be such that an individual so elected shall serve one term as Vice President, one term as President and one term as Past President, for a total of six successive years.
  • Treasurer: This position is for a two-year term on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee. IPOS employs a management company to handle everyday financial management and tracking of the Society. This includes all accounting needs. The management company reports finances to the Treasurer for review. The Treasurer also works with the management company on the annual budget development and monitoring and reports updates to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
  • Three Individual Directors: Each 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.


  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 2016 World Congress in Ireland.
  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]