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Psychooncology. 2017 Sep;26(9):1231-1238. doi: 10.1002/pon.4471. Epub 2017 Jul 26.

2016 President's Plenary International Psycho-Oncology Society: challenges and opportunities for growing and developing psychosocial oncology programmes worldwide.

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Psycho-oncology Service, Champalimaud Clinical Center, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.
Daniel Family Leadership Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, Division of Psychosocial Oncology, Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Department of Psychosocial and Rehabilitation Oncology, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
World Health Organization, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Cluster, Switzerland.
Department of Counselling and Human Development Studies and Unit of Psycho-Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia.
Institute of Psychiatry, Section of Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychology, Department of Biomedical and Speciality Surgical Sciences, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy.
University Hospital Psychiatry Unit, Department of Mental Health and Addictive Behavior, S. Anna University Hospital and Health Authorities, Ferrara, Italy.
Healthcare Delivery Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.


Consistent with the International Psycho-Oncology Society's (IPOS) vision and goals, we are committed to improving quality cancer care and cancer policies through psychosocial care globally. As part of IPOS's mission, upon entering "Official Relations" for a second term with the World Health Organization (WHO), IPOS has dedicated much attention to reaching out to countries, which lack formalized psychosocial care programmes. One of IPOS's strategies to accomplish this goal has been to bring psycho-oncology training programmes to low- and middle-income countries and regions. To this end, the IPOS Board approved a new position on the Board of Directors for a member from a low- to middle-income country (LMIC). The IPOS 2016 President's Plenary focused on challenges and opportunities that exist in growing and developing psychosocial oncology programmes worldwide. The plenary presentations highlight how IPOS and WHO have aligned their goals to help LMICs support cancer patients as an essential element of cancer and palliative care. IPOS country representatives are strongly supported in liaising with national health authorities and with WHO Country Representatives in LMICs. The plenary speakers discussed the role IPOS Federation has taken in building a global network of psychosocial leaders and the impact this had in assisting LMICs in meeting IPOS's psychosocial care objectives. The plenary highlighted the challenges of expanding psychosocial reach into these countries. One significant question remains: Can psychosocial guidelines be adapted to LMICs and regions?


cancer; clinical guidelines; low- and middle-income countries; psycho-oncology; psychosocial programmes

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