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Mission, Vision & Goals

About AOSW

The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) is a non-profit international 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, AOSW has become the world’s largest professional organization entirely dedicated to the psychosocial care of people affected by cancer. 

AOSW membership is comprised of an international set of professionals and students who practice in hospitals, cancer centers, home care agencies, hospice, community-based oncology practices, community programs, patient advocacy organizations, educational institutions and other settings.

Mission Statement

To advance excellence in the psychosocial care of persons with cancer, their families, and caregivers through:
  • Networking
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Resource Development


AOSW envisions a global society in which oncology care meets the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of all people affected by cancer.


Organizational Development
AOSW will exemplify excellence in leadership, governance and knowledge
Professional Development
AOSW will be THE catalyst for the advancement of oncology social work
AOSW connects people, organizations and information for the promotion of psychosocial care in oncology

View the 2017 - 2019 Strategic Plan

Downloadable Oncology Social Worker Content