The congress, which will be based around the theme of ‘Integrating phsycho-oncology into mainstream cancer care; from research into action’, will bring together experts from around the world to discuss new perspectives in clinical care, new data from research, innovative educational programs, advocacy, organisational issues and cancer policies.
In his welcome letter, President of the International Psycho-Oncology Society Barry D. Bultz PhD says: “Psycho-oncology has a place in mainstream cancer care and attending a World Congress is about joining and being a part of our international society, a strong organisation that is driving change in the patient experience. IPOS is our community, where we come together to learn about our science and share our research. It is also a forum where we come together to take energy and enthusiasm and knowledge from each other.”
Luzia Travado, Chair of the Congress, adds: “Research has evidenced that integrating the psychosocial dimension in cancer care improves patients’ clinical outcomes. Nowadays quality cancer care demands the inclusion of psychosocial care. It is time to put evidence and recommendations into action and to move forward for better cancer policies that address the whole person and incorporate their psychosocial needs into their treatment plans. Psychosocial care is a human right.”
The congress is being held in collaboration with the Portuguese Academy of Psycho-Oncology (APPO), the Portuguese Society of Psycho-Oncology (SPPO) and the Portuguese Society for Psychology Oncology Studies (SPEPO).
Abstract submission is now open, and will close on 30 April 2014.