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Latest news about Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine
In this newsletter:
- Upcoming conferences about Integrative Medicine.
MEP Interest Group event ‘Integrative Oncology – the holistic approach to cancer care’
The European Parliament’s Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health hosted the event Integrative Oncology – the holistic approach to cancer care on 17th March.
Key speakers in the field of Integrative Oncology gave their insights and experience in Integrative cancer care. Patient benefits from holistic treatments such as mind-body techniques, acupuncture, herbs and dietary supplements were described. Collaborations between hospitals, universities and government were also outlined. 
During this event MEPs Michèle Rivasi (Greens/EFA) and Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP) emphasised that input from the experts in this field is important in their discussions on the EU4Health programme and the Beating Cancer Plan.
The Commission’s Deputy Director-General for Health Dr Paolo Guglielmetti, who participated as well, agreed that Integrative Oncology has a welcome place in the Beating Cancer Plan and thanked the presenters for showing how Integrative Oncology supports patients
Opening the event, MEP Michèle Rivasi said that around 40% of cancer patients use Complementary Medicine in addition to their conventional cancer treatment. Patients seek to optimize the therapeutic benefits of conventional treatment, minimize cancer symptoms or adverse effects from treatment, and enhance general well-being. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the use of integrative therapies as effective supportive care strategies in cancer patients. Integrative Oncology incorporates Complementary Medicine modalities into conventional cancer care. 
MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen stipulated that the EU Beating Cancer Plan should take into account the Complementary and Integrative approach. It needs to be patient-centred, and it is the patient’s right to choose the treatment they prefer, based on qualified information. More research in this area, funded by the EU and the Member States, is needed and should be a part of the EU4Health programme. 
MEP Michèle Rivasi closed the meeting by saying that by focusing on only conventional cancer treatment the patient’s well-being is neglected. There is a large amount of ignorance and misunderstanding about the Integrative approach of cancer treatment and how it can benefit the quality of life of cancer patients. Especially in integrative oncology cancer centres connected to hospitals and universities evidence-based treatments can be provided. 
Watch this event on EUROCAM's YouTube channel EUROCAM_Network, an English and French version are available.
15 May | Integrative Oncology UK 2021
The conference ‘Whole person cancer care, better patient outcomes’ will highlight the benefits of integrating conventional cancer treatments alongside evidence-informed psychological, nutritional, lifestyle and complementary strategies. This event aims to provide delegates with practical take-home advice to help reduce side effects from treatments; offer better functional outcomes after cancer surgery and other oncological treatments; minimise emotional stress and optimise physical and mental wellbeing across the cancer care pathway and empower patients to become active participants in managing their health and wellbeing. An impressive line-up of oncologists, doctors, researchers, clinical nurse specialists, nutritionists, mind-body experts, and patients are present to share their knowledge with you.
Registration is now open with the early bird deadline price starting at just £ 50 for BSIO members (before 1 May 2021).  
To find out more about the conference visit the website of Integrative Oncology UK.  
5-7 November 2021 | European Congress for Integrative Medicine
Due to COVID19, the European Congress for Integrative Medicine is postponed, the NEW dates are 5-7 November 2021. 
The event will present the latest research and findings in Integrative Medicine and transforming healthcare in the way we treat patients and manage disease.
EUROCAM is delighted to mention that its Secretary-General Dr Ton Nicolai is invited to present our European political work and especially about the European Parliament’s Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health. More information about the event on the website ECIMCongress.
New event of the MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine & Health
EUROCAM is planning to organise the following event of the MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health.
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