The Second Meeting of East Asia Psycho-oncology Society (EAPOS): Unmet needs of people touched by cancer
23-24th August, 2010

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EAPOS 2;2010 is generously supported by The Hong Kong Cancer Fund.


Plenary Speakers

Hong Kong Cancer Fund is proud to sponsor the second meeting of the East-Asia Psycho-Oncology Society (EAPOS).

In today's world, psycho-oncology has become an integral part in the care and treatment of those living with cancer; helping to minimise the burden and overcome cancer with more than just medicine.

As many of us know, years ago, doctors were single-handedly tackling the physical impact of cancer, whilst friends and families were left to struggle with the practicalities and emotional effects such a diagnosis brings.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention; which is why the field of psycho-oncology has grown tremendously over the past decade. Serving to fill the gaps in cancer care, psycho-oncology has been instrumental in helping patients - as well as their family and carers – address all aspects of living with cancer.

Established more than two decades ago, Hong Kong Cancer Fund's mission is to ensure no one faces cancer alone. We have been a pioneer in voicing the needs of cancer patients and their families, offering a wide range of free cancer support services that address the physical, practical and emotional aspects of this chronic illness. We recognise the importance of providing choices to patients in their healing process; providing tools and resources to empower individuals to take part in their own healing.

With a network of support spanning the hospital, the community and the home, we work in partnership with doctors, therapists, social workers, nurses, and volunteers. Advocating a 360 degree approach to cancer care, everyone plays a unique role in striving towards seamless cancer care and improving patients' quality of life.

We're proud to support EAPOS, who are committed to facilitating the growth of psychosocial care for people across East and South Asia and provide an exchange platform for psycho-oncology practitioners. Each of you play a vital role in helping to make life better for people touched by cancer, and we sincerely champion your work as individuals.

On behalf of Hong Kong Cancer Fund, I wish you all a successful and convention here in Hong Kong .

Sally Lo, MBE
Founder and Chief Executive


Phyllis Butow BA (Hons) Dip Ed; MPH, M Clin Psych, PhD, has worked for over 20 years in the areas of Psycho-Oncology and health communication. She is currently Professor and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, University of Sydney. She co-directs the Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED) , and chairs the Australian Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Trials Group (PoCoG). With the latter group, she has been researching cultural issues in cancer care for the past five years. Much of her research concerns the impact of communication strategies on doctor and patient outcomes, and this has been translated into a number of communication skills modules for cancer health professionals. Since 1995, Prof Butow has won 81 peer reviewed grants, and has over 250 publications in peer reviewed journals, most of which relate to psychological issues in cancer. In 2009, Prof Butow was awarded the Bernard Fox Memorial Award by the International Psycho-Oncology Society in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of Psycho-Oncology.


Luigi Grassi is Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Behaviour and Communication, Section of Clinical Psychiatry, at the University of Ferrera, Italy. He is immediate Past President of the International Psycho-Oncology Society, and has been widely active in the area of psycho-oncology, in particular in the detection and treatment of depression and distress. During his time as IPOS President, Luigi was instrumental in establishing the IPOS Federation and as an active researcher was a core member of the Southern European Psycho-Oncology Study on the needs of cancer patients in Southern Europe.


Dr. Liu graduated from the University of Sydney and has somewhat an interesting background in Palliative Medicine and Oncology. He was trained in Palliative Medicine under Prof. Lickiss in Sydney before coming back to Hong Kong to start Oncology training. He holds fellowship both in Palliative Medicine of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine and Clinical Oncology of the Hong Kong College of Radiologists.

He holds a Master of Social Sciences (Counselling) from the University of Hong Kong . Through this study, he gained much insights and techniques in communication and counselling. He merges counselling skills into day to day practice to help patients and their families with incurable cancer in their cancer journey. His interests include colorectal oncology, management of gastrointestinal stromal tumor, palliative medicine and teaching of communication skills.