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The Psychosocial Reality of Cancer Patients:

More Instances of Major Depression

More Instances of Death by Suicide

Experience a Diagnosable Psychological Disorder

of Non-Metropolitan Counties Do Not Have a Psychiatrist

Cancer Patients Will Experience Significant Distress

See sources at bottom of the page

 A Growing Problem with a Tangible Solution.

Distressed patients experience greater cancer morbidity including poorer quality of life, poorer treatment adherence, more medical service utilization as well as higher cancer-related mortality. In the United States, there are over 16.9 million cancer survivors. Six million of these survivors will experience significant distress related to cancer, including

    • Challenges adjusting to cancer-related emotional (i.e., anxiety, uncertainty, depression)
    • Social (i.e., support, health care access, financial toxicity)
    • Functional problems (i.e., fatigue, pain, insomnia).

All of these are amenable to evidence-based psychosocial interventions, however, they often untreated.

APOS is working to grow the psychosocial workforce to increase patient access to much-needed and highly impactful care.

The demand for psychosocial oncology care (6 million) far exceeds the supply of psychosocial oncologists. The current psychosocial clinician to patient ratio is currently 1:1100Our Virtual Academy: Training Behavioral Health Professionals to Provide Cancer-Specific Care provides advanced training to ensure the next generation of professionals is equipped with psychosocial best practices for cancer patietns.



The APOS Future Fund

In order to accomplish our mission, we cannot rely upon membership dues and conference revenue alone to cover the operating costs of APOS. In order to further our mission of reducing suffering for cancer patients, philanthropic gifts are needed to ensure that multidisciplinary professional education of psychosocial oncology healthcare providers leads to high quality evidence-based psychosocial service delivery for cancer patients and their families.

Health Equity Scholarship Program

The APOS Health Equity Scholarship Program was started to empower individuals who are actively serving and improving the lives of underserved communities. Once selected, these scholars receive two years complimentary membership to APOS, year round mentorship, access to APOS leadership, and complimentary registration to the annual conference for two years where their work is highlighted.

Dr. Ruth McCorkle Research Mentorship Award

The late Dr. Ruth McCorkle spent her life giving. Thus, she has taught us to give. With your gift, you are supporting her continued impact.  The Ruth McCorkle Research Mentorship Award is to honor an APOS who has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to making a significant positive impact on their mentees’ education and career, nurturing intellectual growth, career development, professional guidance, and positive role modeling in the field of psychosocial oncology.

Matthew Loscalzo Outstanding Education & Training Award

Few people exemplify the human side of cancer care better than Matthew Loscalzo.
For more than three decades, he has worked tirelessly to change the culture of treatment beyond simply curing disease. He is both pioneer and innovator, seeing to the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of patients, their loved ones, and their caregivers. The Matthew J. Loscalzo Outstanding Education and Training Award is presented to an APOS member who has enhanced the field of psychosocial oncology through clinical education and training.

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Sources for data include:
1. Suicide Data and Statistics | Suicide Prevention | CDC

2. The Oncology Short is Here

3. Misono S, Weiss NS, Fann JR, Redman M, Yueh B. Incidence of suicide in persons with cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2008 Oct 10;26(29):4731-8. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2007.13.8941. Epub 2008 Aug 11. PMID: 18695257; PMCID: PMC2653137.