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What Do Oncology Social Workers Do?

Oncology social workers provide psychosocial services to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers as part of the oncology health care team. We conduct research and connect patients and their families with essential community, state, national and international resources.

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.

Partnerships: Work With Us

AOSW thanks its sponsors and exhibitors for their generous financial support that increases the capacity of AOSW and its members to advocate for and improve the lives of oncology patients, their families and their caregivers.


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 has canceled its 2020 Annual Conference due to concerns related to COVID-19. Our thanks to the 2020 Conference Committee for all their work over the last year. Please see the conference home page for information about refunds, canceling hotel reservations and more.
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Live webinars and webinar recordings with CE credits presented by leading minds in the field. 
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- Advocating for the profession
- Advocating for the needs of cancer patients and families
- Encouraging advocacy efforts of our members
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AOSW is a nonprofit organization. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help us provide support for those affected by cancer.
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AOSW Videos

Defining Oncology Social Work and AOSW​ Video

Defining Oncology Social Work Video


AOSW joined 112 other organizations with its concerns about the impact the proposed rule regarding short-term limited duration plans (STLDs) (CMS-9924-P) will have both on the health insurance marketplaces and the individuals they represent.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have reminded us of the importance of connection in our lives. As social workers, AOSW knows that the long journey of recovery is only just beginning.  
Congratulations to the following AOSW members who will be joining the Board of Directors on January 1, 2018:
AOSW strongly opposes the Better Care Reconciliation Act released from Senate Majority leaders on June 21, 2017.


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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