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About 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, their families and caregivers. Created in 1984 by social workers interested in oncology and by existing national cancer organizations, we have more than 1,200 current members who embrace the AOSW Mission “to advance excellence in the psychosocial care of persons with cancer, their families, and caregivers through networking, education, advocacy, research and resource development.”


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Defining Oncology Social Work and the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW)

Defining Oncology Social Work

AOSW has an outstanding record of achieving the following goals...

  • Increasing awareness of the psychosocial effects of cancer
  • Advancing the practice of psychosocial interventions that enhance quality of life and survivorship of persons with cancer and their families
  • Fostering communication and support among psychosocial oncology caregivers
  • Furthering the study of psychosocial and social effects of cancer through research and continuing education
  • Advocating for programs and policies to meet the psychosocial needs of oncology patients and their families
  • Promoting liaison activities with other psychosocial oncology groups and professional oncology organizations

Our members practice in hospitals, outpatient clinics, home care and hospice agencies, community wellness programs, patient advocacy organizations and other settings. We connect persons diagnosed with cancer, and their families, with essential community, state, national, and international resources. We do this as part of the oncology team. We are as diverse as the clients and communities we serve.