IPOS History, Vision and Mission
The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) was founded in 1984 to foster international multidisciplinary communication about clinical, educational and research issues that relate to the subspecialty of psycho-oncology. The Society sought to provide leadership and development of standards for education and research on the psychological, social and spiritual factors that affect the quality of life of cancer patients and their loved ones, and that influence tumor progression and survival. The aims of IPOS have been to foster training, encourage psychosocial principles and a humanistic approach in cancer care, and to stimulate research and develop training so psychosocial care may be integrated with all clinical oncologic specialties for optimal patient care.
The Vision of IPOS is that all cancer patients and their families throughout the world receive optimal psychosocial care at all stages of disease and survivorship. The vision of IPOS is also to become the preeminent international resource for the dissemination of information and development of interventions that reduce cancers related to lifestyle and behaviors, and to optimize care.
The Mission of IPOS is to be the international multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to fostering the science of psychosocial and behavioral oncology and improving the care of cancer patients and their families throughout the world.
To find out how you can become a member of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS), go to the membership benefits page.