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Welcome to AOSW

The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) is a non-profit, international 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to the enhancement of psychosocial services to people with cancer and their families.

People Affected by Cancer

AOSW is committed to providing information about
resources to help with the challenges that cancer
presents to you and your family.


AOSW thanks those companies and organizations for their financial support. AOSW greatly appreciate their support of our work with patients living with cancer.


Resources to assist you in networking, information seeking, issue identification, leadership access, professional news, and finding resources provided by other members.

Welcome to AOSW

AOSW live webinars and webinar recordings deliver relevant and sensitive training presented by leading minds in the field, at budget-conscience pricing and with optional CE credits.
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Informing practice, policy and education through research is a core part of AOSW's commitment to excellence in psychosocial oncology.
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AOSW’s Annual Conference is a unique opportunity for oncology social workers to network, gather information, support and guide each other.
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2016 Annual Conference registration is now open!

AOSW advocates for programs and policies to meet the psychosocial needs of oncology patients, their families and caregivers.
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Oncology Social Work Awareness Videos

Defining Oncology Social Work and AOSW​ Video

Defining Oncology Social Work Video

ACS Quality of Life Award Lecture

Susan Gerbino, PhD, LCSW delivered the ACS Quality of Life Award Lecture at the AOSW 31st Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, on May 21, 2015.

"No Easy Path: Being There for Patients and Families at Forks in 
the Road"

Oncology social workers occupy a critical role in supporting patients and families in the conversations that happen at times suddenly, at other times over a period of years, relative to treatment decisions and end-of-life wishes. 

This presentation focuses on ways that oncology social workers can morally impact the lives of patients, families, and healthcare systems by advocating and implementing a comprehensive approach to these complex conversations that includes the availability and participation of competent and compassionate healthcare professionals at pivotal forks in the road.


AOSW has received funding from Medivation for a research project focused on identifying the needs of oncology social workers (OSWs) to better provide services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) cancer patients, survivors and their families (broadly defined). This population is understudied in all areas (such as risk factors for disease, disease prevalence, medical and psychosocial care).
Research Project
AOSW plans to award a grant of up to $25,000 to support a two-part project that focuses 1) on potential gaps in training, skills and knowledge for practitioners to provide individual, couple and family support for LGBTQ with prostate cancer and their families/support systems and 2) develop educational materials both for the practitioner (social worker, nurses, physicians) and patients regarding the psychosocial needs around the diagnosis and treatment.
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Lung Cancer Stigma: Impact, Reactions and Solutions
Presenter: Maureen Rigney, MSW, LICSW
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We are pleased to announce that AOSW has now been approved as a provider for its Annual Conference and for its Professional Development offerings. 


Knowledge is power. Whether you are a person with cancer, or an oncology social worker, finding the right resources is critical. AOSW members are leaders in the field of psychosocial oncology. As an organization, AOSW is also involved in collaborating with other patient advocacy groups and national and international oncology organizations whose primary focus is access to quality care for cancer patients.
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Oncology social workers and other psychosocial oncology professionals provide direct services to people with cancer and their families in public and private health care institutions and agencies. Some are consultants to community service agencies or private industry. Administration, education and research are valued roles for others as is the provision of private cancer counseling services. AOSW works to unify and support psychosocial oncology practitioners as related to the common mission of improved psychosocial support services for patients and families facing cancer.
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Support Oncology Social Work

The Association of Oncology Social Work is able to provide its excellent programs and resources to promote psychosocial care for cancer patients and their caregivers through donations from supporters just like you. Just as oncology social workers advocate for patients and their caregivers, AOSW advocates for you.

As a nonprofit organization, needs your help to continue to providing our services and promoting excellence in psychosocial care of cancer patients. Please take a moment and consider a donation which will help ensure AOSW continues to lead the fight in providing comprehensive care and support for those affected by cancer.

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