SIO NewsWire - June 2017. In this issue:
SIO 2017 conference registration open and post-conference workshops announced; new investigator applications due July 1; Plus: herb of the month and integrative oncology news.
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President's Message

Jun Mao, MDThe members of our Scientific Review Committee are excited. They have been receiving wonderful responses to our call for workshops and call for abstracts for the 2017 international conference November 12-14 in Chicago, Illinois. I am pleased to share with you the three workshops selected for the post-conference session on November 14.  Watch the next issue for news of workshops and other concurrent programs during the conference. Meanwhile, the review committee is absorbed in reading the more than 150 abstract proposals.  We will announce information about abstract presentations in a future issue.
It is uplifting to receive these proposals from integrative oncology clinicians, researchers and advocates from around the world. This reflects the tremendous work being done globally. The opportunity to share this work with colleagues is a special feature of our conference of benefit to both presenters and attendees. Thank you for your submissions.
The conference will be here before you know it. Registration is now open, with early-bird rates available! Please make plans to attend and, in the interim, take advantage of SIO resources, some of which are described below. Not yet a member or know a colleague who has not joined us at this point? Learn more and sign up here.
As always, keep in touch.
Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE

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14th International Conference

SIO2017 Registration Open: Register now to take advantage of the lowest rates for SIO's 2017 international conference, scheduled for November 12-14 in Chicago, Illinois. Early bird registration is available through September 22 and standard registration, September 23-October 30. On-site registration rates go into effect October 31. SIO members receive special discounts on the conference. The registration form also provides the opportunity to sign up for the post-conference workshops (three concurrent sessions described below), and the gala, an evening of fun, music, food, and more. Register now.

Post-Conference Workshops: SIO has chosen post-workshops for presentation at its 2017 international conference in Chicago, Illinois. The conference will be held November 12-14, with the post-conference sessions from 1-5 p.m. on November 14. The three concurrent workshops will be:
- “Cancer Biomarkers for Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” with panelists of the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis of the National Cancer Institute/Nationals Institutes of Health: Aniruddha Ganguly, PhD, Program Director, Office of the Associate Director, Cancer Diagnosis Program, and Jeffrey D. White, MD, Director, Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Also participating will be: David A. Frank, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School; Edward Chu, MD, Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Chief, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Deputy Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; and Nagi B. Kumar, PhD, RD, FADA, Senior Member, and Director for Cancer Chemoprevention, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

- “Cultivating Life Energy, Qigong in Cancer Care,” with Penelope J. Klein, PT, EdD, professor emeritus D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY; Peter Wayne, PhD, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Research Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and David Rosenthal, MD, Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.
- “Introduction to Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System® (PROMIS®) and NIH Toolbox®,” with Nan Rothrock, PhD, Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, and Christa Martens, MPH, Research Project Manager, both of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.
Read more about the conference.
July 1 Deadline for New Investigator Applications: July 1 is the deadline for applications for the New Investigator Forum that will be held in conjunction with the Society’s 2017 international conference November 12-14 in Chicago. Open to advanced doctoral students, postdoctoral trainees and junior faculty, a selected group of scholars will be chosen to meet with internationally recognized leaders in the field, and present their research for discussion and constructive feedback. The research may be in its planning stages or work in progress but not yet completed. SIO appreciates the support of Unitech Medical, Inc. for this forum.  Read more about the forum and submission procedures.

SIO Resources

Guidelines: SIO’s updated guidelines for persons with breast cancer are receiving extensive notice in the media for the general public and for health professionals. These included articles in Consumer Reports and in US World and News Report. The April ASCO Post column focused on the SIO guidelines.

Intake Forms: SIO’s Clinical Practice Committee has prepared, as resources for clinicians, an Integrative Oncology Intake Form and an Oriental Medicine Intake Checklist. These materials are available to members - log in on the SIO web site and click on the resources tab on the right. Not yet a member? Join SIO.


Smith Center Integrative Cancer Care Training - September 24-29, 2017 - Stockbridge, Massachusetts

SIO 14th International Conference - November 12-14, 2017, Chicago, Illinois



News: Integrative Oncology

Publications: The May 25 ASCO Post featured an article by SIO members Shelly Latte-Naor, MD, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, on “The Role of Meditation in Cancer Care” for the integrative oncology series. SIO Past President Gary Deng, MD, PhD, and Ms. Gubili, wrote on “Cranberry” in the ASCO Post on April 25.

The June issue of Integrative Cancer Therapies includes an article by SIO member Judith A, Smith, PharmD, and colleagues on “Evaluation of Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) in Combination With Anticancer Hormones in Orthotopic Breast Cancer Models.”

Research: Research published in May in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, shows that tai chi promotes robust improvements in sleep health in breast cancer survivors with insomnia, with additional benefits of improving depressive symptoms and fatigue. SIO member Michael Irwin, MD, is the lead author of "Tai Chi Chih Compared With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Insomnia in Survivors of Breast Cancer: A Randomized, Partially Blinded, Noninferiority Trial."

Conferences: SIO members were presenters at the ASCO Annual Meeting in June, including Rekha T. Chaudhary, MD, on “Complementary Medicine Approaches: What Is the Evidence?” and Gary E. Deng, MD, on “Partnering With Patients Who Embrace Nontraditional Cancer Treatment.” 

SIO members also were active in abstract submissions, including: “Acupuncture for Symptom Reduction in Myeloma Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Randomized, Sham-Controlled Trial,” Gary Deng, MD; Marci Coleton, MA; Barrie Cassileth, PhD; Jun Mao, MD; Xin Wang, PhD; and colleagues; “Integrative Therapy Use Amongst Patients and Providers at an NCI-Designated Cancer Center,” Masey Marie Ross, MD; "Two-Year Trends of Taxane-Induced Neuropathy in Women Enrolled in a Randomized Trial of Acetyl-l-Carnitine,” Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, and colleagues; “Association of Nutritional Parameters and Survival in Parenteral Nutrition-Supported (PN) Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients," Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, and colleagues; and “Disparities in Treatment-Related Financial Burden and Recurrence in a Diverse Sample of Colorectal Cancer Survivors,” Anita Kinney, PhD, RN, and colleagues.

The Society for Acupuncture Research conference in April featured SIO members in workshops and symposia, including Claudia Witt, MD, MPH “Successes and Challenges of International Collaborations in Acupuncture Research” and “The Role of Acupuncture in Precision Medicine”; Weidong Lu, MB, PhD, MPH, on “Integrating Acupuncture into Oncology and Mainstream Medical Centers – The Research Evidence”; and Dr. Lu and Jun Mao, MD, onThe Role of Acupuncture in Precision Medicine Treatment of Cancer.”

FDA Blueprint: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft revisions to its blueprint for prescriber education on pain management, which include gaining information on complementary therapies, “FDA Education Blueprint for Health Care Providers Involved in the Management or Support of Patients with Pain.” Under creation of a treatment plan, FDA sets forth the consideration of “nonpharmacologic therapies– includes psychological, physical rehabilitative, surgical approaches; and complementary therapies.”

If you have integrative oncology news or studies from your neck of woods that you would like to share with our members, send to: with “NewsWire” in the subject line. 
Herb of the Month:
Panax Ginseng

Panax ginseng, a slow-growing herb, was chosen for this month’s issue because of its popular use as a stamina-boosting herb. Read more about Panax Ginseng. It is important not to confuse Panax ginseng with American ginseng or Siberian ginseng, which have distinct medicinal effects. 
This resource is provided with thanks to the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which maintains a free web site, About Herbs.”



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