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, May 26 - 29, 2021, which the Japan Psycho-Oncology Society (JPOS) host. The IPOS 2021 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, August 9 - 10, 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 May 26, 2021 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, 2021, 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 2021, 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

Welcome from the IPOS President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am thrilled to welcome you to Kyoto on behalf of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS). The Japan Psycho-Oncology Society (JPOS) has played a key role in developing this Congress and the liaison with IPOS has resulted in an outstanding Congress program. There are also opportunities for participation in two meetings which follow the IPOS Congress - those of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine, and the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer.

The theme for the IPOS 2021 Congress is “Diversity, Dialogue, and Altruism to achieve universal psychosocial care for all”. This theme resonates with the IPOS mission to promote global excellence in psychosocial care of people affected by cancer through partnerships, research, public policy, advocacy and education. We extend a warm welcome to delegates who have come from across the globe to share their knowledge, learn from their colleagues, network, and forge new friendships.

Since the establishment of IPOS as a Society in 1984 we have grown in membership and stature. Through our official relationship with the World Health Organisation we have developed a program of training academies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries and delivered an outstanding research training program for emerging researchers from Low- and Middle-Income Countries. We look forward to collaborating with WHO in their mission to eliminate cervical cancer world-wide through the establishment of relationships with IPOS members with expertise in prevention, in particular vaccines and HPV.

Kyoto is an exceptionally charming and very old city. In addition to the many temples there are extensive gardens of outstanding beauty. Perhaps one of the most-loved places is the Philosopher's Walk. This walk meanders along a canal and in cherry blossom season the exquisite pink petals drift along the path and into the water. The route is named for a Kyoto University philosophy professor who wandered this path. So it is fitting that we use our time in Kyoto to enjoy the natural environment, to think and reflect, and take our time to focus on our research and clinical endeavours and those of our friends and colleagues and consider how we can further promote the mission of IPOS internationally.

I look forward to joining with you in Kyoto for this meeting
Warm wishes

Jane Turner, MBBS,PhD, FRANZCP
President, International Psycho-Oncology Society

Welcome from the JPOS President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am very honored to welcome you to Kyoto for the 22nd World Congress of Psycho-Oncology on behalf of the Japan Psycho-Oncology Society (JPOS). Dr. Uchitomi, the Congress Chair, has taken the initiative in developing the fabulous program of this congress in close cooperation with the IPOS and JPOS. In addition, he will provide opportunities for participation in the Joint Domestic Meeting of The 33rd 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), which follows the IPOS Congress.

The theme for the IPOS 2021 Congress is “Diversity, Dialogue, and Altruism to achieve universal psychosocial care for all”. This theme is consistent with the current problems to be settled both in global and domestic settings.

JPOS was founded in November in 1986, and the first congress was held in August in 1987. Since then, the number of members in JPOS has been increasing. Now JPOS has about 2,000 members.

Kyoto, which used to be the capital of Japan, is one of the oldest cities in Japan.. It has many beautiful temples, gardens, and sights as well as very traditional food.

I look forward to meeting you in May at this congress in Kyoto.


Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Japan Psycho-Oncology Society

Welcome from the Scientific Committee

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to welcome you on behalf of the Scientific Committee to Kyoto, Japan for the 22nd World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. It has been my honor to serve as the co-chair of this committee with Dr. Uchitomi.  With input from many of you, the Scientific Committee has carefully reviewed the many submissions received and assembled an outstanding program of pre-conference workshops, plenary lectures, symposia, and podium and poster presentations. 

The theme for this World Congress is “Diversity, Dialogue, and Altruism to achieve universal psychosocial care for all”. IPOS has played and will continue to play the principal role among professional societies in advancing psychosocial care for people with cancer on a global basis. Many of the presentations at this Congress will demonstrate how IPOS members are collaborating within and across nations to understand and address the psychosocial aspects of cancer. A critical aspect of this work is the ongoing effort to extend psychosocial care to people living in low-resource settings and to people living in high-resource settings experiencing disparities in care.

In addition to serving as a co-chair, I am fortunate to be able to represent the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) at this meeting in my role as NCI’s Associate Director for Healthcare Delivery Research. The NCI is the largest funder of cancer research in the world, with an annual budget of approximately US$5 billion.  These funds support research performed at NCI and at cancer centers, hospitals, community clinics, and universities across the United States and around the world. NCI has for many years been a major funder of research addressing the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of cancer prevention, detection, and control and has also supported the research training of individuals in a variety of disciplines relevant to psycho-oncology. During my time at the World Congress, I look forward to meeting with colleagues to discuss ways to promote governmental and non-governmental support for psycho-oncology training and research at a national level.

I hope you enjoy and benefit from the outstanding scientific program that has been assembled and that you also find time to enjoy the many wonderful things the beautiful city of Kyoto has to offer.

Best wishes,

Paul Jacobsen, PhD
IPOS 2021 Scientific Committee Co-Chair

Welcome from the JCA President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Japanese Cancer Association (JCA) and as President of National Cancer Center (NCC) Japan, I feel very much privileged and delighted to welcome all of you, especially those participating from abroad to the 22nd World Congress of Psycho-Oncology 2021 in Kyoto, hosted by the Japan Psycho-Oncology Society (JPOS). JPOS has been playing a key role in developing and implementing psychological approaches to cancer patients who suffer from a wide variety of psychological, social and spiritual distress. Professor Yosuke Uchitomi, Congress Chair of IPOS 2021, is also a member of JCA, which has been functioning as a forum where cancer researchers with diverse specialties gather and strive to seek solutions to a variety of scientific issues and unmet medical needs. Collaborative activities with JPOS is surely one of the most important future directions of JCA to deliver the best-fitted treatment and care for individual cancer patients, aiming at achievement of precision cancer medicine, prevention and care not only in Japan but to the wider global community.

The theme for the IPOS 2021 Congress is “Diversity, Dialogue and Altruism to achieve universal psychosocial care for all”. I am convinced that this theme will encourage participants to engage in passionate and considerate discussions on psychosocial care for individual patients who experience and suffer from cancer. Under the circumstance of the steady increment of the global cancer burden, being also reflecting the current situation in Japan, our society needs to think more vigorously on how to cure and care cancer patients and survivors from the psychosocial point of view, and tackle cooperatively against this intractable and complex disorders.

The IPOS 2021 Congress will be held jointly with the collaborative activities with the Joint Meeting 2021 Palliative, Supportive, and Psycho-Oncology Care Domestic Meetings; namely, the 33rd Annual Meeting of the JPOS, the 25th Congress of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine (JSPM), and the 5th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC). I hope you all fully enjoy the fruitful discussions among participants with different expertise and your stays in Kyoto, and bring back the scientific enthusiasm to your own societies and countries to further improve psychosocial care for all cancer patients.

I am looking forward to joining you all at this wonderful meeting in Kyoto.

Best wishes,

Hitoshi Nakagama, M.D., D.M.Sc
President, Japanese Cancer Association

Welcome from Japan Cancer Society

May 26-29, 2021 in Kyoto is a big week for everyone concerned with psycho-oncology. IPOS and related national congress are concentrated to this week.
“Diversity, Dialogue and Altruism to achieve universal psychosocial care for all” is the congress theme.
Cancer is changing to curable disease, however, some patients and their families may still suffer from disease progression, and people with cancer and their family members tend to be isolated.
Consequently, “not leave anyone behind” is becoming extremely important concept for cancer patients and families.

Tadao Kakizoe
Member of the Japan Academy
President, Japan Cancer Society
President emeritus, National Cancer Center

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