Welcome Message

Welcome to Kyoto!

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is our privilege and great pleasure to invite you to join us for the 22th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Kyoto, Japan, June 16 – 19, 2020, which the Japan Psycho-Oncology Society (JPOS) host. The IPOS 2020 congress is strategically scheduled and followed by the 2020 Palliative, Supportive, and Psychosocial Care Joint Domestic Meeting. The 33th Annual meeting of the JPOS, the 25th Annual meeting of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine (JSPM), and the 5th Annual meeting of the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC), all of which are scheduled directly following the IPOS Congress, June 19 – 20, 2020.

“Diversity, Dialogue, and Altruism to achieve universal psychosocial care for all” is our congress theme. The congress will focus on specific diverse symptoms, distress, and needs among patients, family, and healthcare professionals to achieve universal psychosocial care for all. Furthermore, the topics include genomic medicine, new drugs, such as immune-checkpoint inhibitors, implementation science, eHealth, aging population, disparity issues, training psychosocial care specialists to meet diverse needs, quality communication problems between patients and medical personnel, suicide after cancer, as well.

We are looking forward to providing exciting workshops on June 16, 2020 as part of the Psychosocial Academy. These are held by leading experts around the globe and offer a unique opportunity to deepen research and clinical skills with psycho-oncology researcher and specialists. Especially, 2020, with palliative and supportive care professionals as well.

It is one of the largest opportunities for an international society in psycho-oncology, providing up-to-date information and enabling scientists, clinicians, NGOs, administrators, and politicians to exchange useful information. Psychologists, doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, pharmacists, etc. are from over 50 countries. In particular, in 2020, palliative care and supportive care professionals who are interested in psycho-oncology also participate.

You can see the hydrangea blooming everywhere in Kyoto in June. I am very much looking forward to welcoming you in the season when you can feel the taste of Kyoto more.

Yours sincerely,

Yosuke Uchitomi, MD, PhD,

Congress Chair
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