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Comments, Statements & Sign-On Letters

AOSW has developed position papers and statements on major health care issues of concern to its membership. The purpose of these papers and statements is to inform AOSW members and others of issues supported by AOSW. The following are position papers and statements that AOSW has written to date.

2016 - 2018

A Moonshot to Cure Cancer

The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) enthusiastically supports Vice President Biden in the call for a global mission to end cancer. The call for an initiative to end to cancer in our generation is the first step of a journey that will ultimately benefit and touch the lives of every person on earth,” stated then AOSW President Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, OSW-C. As an organization committed to addressing the social, emotional and spiritual needs of all oncology patients and their families, AOSW pledges to establish, nurture and participate in partnerships with other organizations endeavoring to develop technologies, treatments and advances in cancer care that benefit all people with cancer, their families and caregivers.
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Physician Assisted Death (PAD)

The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) upholds the right of every patient to make decisions about living and dying that are reflective of their goals and values and are consistent with the laws of their jurisdiction. AOSW also support its members in their individual beliefs regarding physician assisted dying as they assist families in confronting these issues. AOSW is united in its desire and capacity to support families as they negotiate the painful territory of end-of-life wishes and encourages patients to seek the support of an oncology social worker. 


2007 - 2016