For the first time, five healthcare provider organizations are partnering to conduct a survey to better understand the specific roles and responsibilities that advanced practice providers have on the cancer care team. APAO is very pleased to be collaborating with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO), the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) on this important project.


Advanced practiced providers (APPs) play a critical—and growing—role in the delivery of cancer care in the United States and oncology practices are increasingly relying on advanced practice providers. In the 2015 ASCO Oncology Census, nearly three quarters of surveyed practices reported employing APPs, up substantially from the 52 percent reported in the 2014 Census. However, until now, little research has been conducted to more clearly define the size or scope of the advanced practice provider workforce in oncology.


Our survey will:

  • Provide critical information on how nurse practitioners (NPs) and PAs care for cancer patients.
  • Assess how APPs can help address a potential shortage of physicians in oncology.
  • Identify current paths of formal and informal specialized training of NPs and PAs in cancer care.
  • Gauge APP satisfaction with the organization of oncology practices.

If you are contacted to participate in the survey, we strongly urge you to participate. The survey should take less than 20 minutes to complete and will provide APAO with critical insight and data to better understand the role and identify the needs of advanced practice providers in oncology.


ASCO, APSHO, AAPA, APAO, and ONS have contracted with a third-party to complete the survey. Responses – but not your name and personally identifiable information – will be shared with all the organizations, and the vendor will not use your information for any other purposes. Please note the email will be from


The deadline to complete the survey is March 29. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.