International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) is the sole multidisciplinary international charitable organization devoted to psycho-oncology, leading in education, research, training, public policy, and advocacy. 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. In 2014, IPOS began a partnership with the World Health Organization. A part of the IPOS mandate is to build capacity for cancer care in low- and low-middle income countries like India and it includes 75+ member countries from 6 continents.
About Psycho-oncology, Cancer Institute (WIA)
Considering the significance of the psychosocial aspects of cancer care, the psychological services were initiated in Cancer Institute about two and a half decades ago by seven like-minded philanthropists including three cancer survivors. They formed a support group named ‘Sanctuary’ to provide emotional support to cancer patients. Gradually, the services were offered with scientific approach using established technical knowledge and training by qualified psychologists. In the year 2007, it burgeoned into a full-fledged department with the team of psychologists providing psycho-oncological services. This initiative is a ground-breaking effort in establishing the field of psycho-oncology in our country and creates a large professional pool of psycho-oncologists to meet the needs of cancer centres in the country. The activities of the department include assessment and management of distress among cancer patients and their families, offering counseling and comprehensive psychological interventions to patients and caregivers throughout the cancer trajectory and organizing various support group meetings targeting different cancer population are being conducted regularly.
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