SIO NewsWire - August 2017. In this issue:
SIO 2017 conference early bird rates through September 22; conference workshops announced; call for Board nominations; SIO affiliation with oncology journal. Plus: herb of the month and integrative oncology news.
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President's Message

Jun Mao, MDThe word for this month's NewsWire is collaboration. It is reflected in SIO's membership, which includes the multidisciplinary team members so critical to integrative oncology.

Collaboration also is illustrated in the educational sessions and attendees for our 2017 international conference November 12-14 in Chicago, Illinois. Each month, we spotlight features of the conference. We describe here the great topics and speakers for our five workshops. I hope you can attend. Registration is open with early-bird rates available through September 22. 
We announce another example of collaboration in this issue as a new member resource - our new affiliation with ONCOLOGY journal. This will serve as an additional resource for members and an opportunity for SIO to contribute evidence-based information on integrative oncology to practicing oncologists and other health care professionals. Read more below.
As always, keep in touch and say hello in Chicago.
Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE

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14th International Conference

Register Now - Early Bird Rates Through Sept. 22: We hope to greet you at the SIO 2017 international conference, November 12-14 in Chicago, Illinois. Take advantage of early bird registration rates through September 22. Standard rates go into effect September 23-October 30 and on-site rates start October 31. SIO members receive special discounts on the conference. (Not a member yet? Sign up here). The registration form also provides the opportunity to sign up for the post-conference workshops and the gala, an evening of fun, music, food, and more. Register now.

Conference Workshops

The conference will features five workshops offering a wealth of information and experience:
November 12: Practical Elements of Person-Centered Integrative Oncology Visits: "Tending the Garden" to Create Health - Donald I. Abrams, MD, Chief of Hematology-Oncology Division, San Francisco General Hospital, and Rebecca Schultz, MSN, FNP-BC, Aurora Family Medicine Residency
November 13: When Personalized Traditional Chinese Medicine Meets Integrative Oncology: A U.S.-China Conversation - Yufei Yang, MD, Clinical Cancer Center of Xiyuan; Peiying Yang, PhD, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Ting Bao, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Yun Xu, MD, Clinical Cancer Center of Xiyuan Hospital
Best Practices in Supportive Oncology Aftercare and Palliative Interventions - Luana DeAngelis, Chief Visionary Officer and Founder, You Can Thrive! and Julie Bach, MBA, Executive Director, Wellness for Cancer
November 14: Integrative Models: Learning from the Examples of Three Breast Cancer Centers - Claudia Witt, MD, MBA, Institute for Complementary Medicine, University of Zurich, University Hospital Zurich; Petra Voiss, MD, Kliniken Essen-Mitte, University of Suisburg-Essen, Germany; and Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Patient Perspective: Advancing Person-Centered Integrative Oncology Care - Betsy Glosik, Co-Founder, Destination Hope, and Jodi MacLeod, Patient Co-Investigator, CHOICE Study.

Read more about the 2017 conference.

SIO Resources and Opportunities

Call for Board Nominations: Nominations from SIO members are now being sought to fill three anticipated vacancies on SIO’s Board of Trustees. SIO welcomes the nomination of individuals who are researchers, clinicians, clinical researchers, patients and patient advocates. The submission deadline is September 15, 2017. Read more about eligibility and submission procedures.

Oncology journalSIO Affiliates With Journal: SIO and UBM Medica, a leading provider of educational resources to health care professionals, have begun a partnership to offer SIO members access to ONCOLOGY journal and as a benefit of membership.

Through the partnership, SIO also will provide evidence-based content on integrative oncology and gain significant reach into the cancer-treatment community through UBM Medica’s oncology distribution channels – the ONCOLOGY journal and – allowing SIO members greater access to information impacting the field of oncology as well as their day-to-day clinical practice. Read more

SIO2019 Site RFP: SIO is seeking site proposals for the 2019 international conference. Proposals are due September 15, 2017. Read more





News: Integrative Oncology

Publications: SIO member Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, and a colleague discussed the relevance of music therapy in oncology in an article in the July 25 ASCO Post. Gary Deng, MD, PhD, and Ms. Gubili wrote on tumeric for the August 25 issue.
SIO member Elyse Park and colleagues authored an article in the August 2017 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology on “Coping and Prognostic Awareness in Patients With Advanced Cancer.”
ICIMH Call for Abstracts: The call for abstracts is open for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, which will be held May 8-11, 2018. The deadline for submission is October 11, 2017. Read more

Presentations: SIO members Carole O’Toole, MS, and Gary Deng, MD, PhD, will be among presenters at the Integrative Cancer Care Navigation Training of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, September 24-29, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

SIO member Dugald Seely, ND, MSc, will speak on Whole Person Integrative Cancer Care in Action: An Overview of Its Implementation and Patient-Related Outcomes at the 2nd International Congress on Whole Person Care, October 12-15, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

Funding for Dietary Supplements Study: The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements announced that funding is available for the performance of formal validation studies of analytical methods that measure constituents of dietary supplements and natural products. Candidate constituents for quantitative method validation studies may include (but are not limited to): phytochemicals, nutrients, and potentially deleterious substances such as pesticides and mycotoxins.  Read more and inquire with Adam J. Kuszak ( for more information.

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: Flaxseed

flaxseedFlaxseed was chosen for discussion this month because it is promoted as an anticancer and cardio-protective agent. Flax, an annual plant cultivated worldwide, is one of the world’s oldest crops. The seeds and oil derived from the seeds are used in traditional medicine to treat constipation and urinary tract infections, to control menopausal symptoms, and to treat coughs, colds, acne, and burns. Read more about flaxseed.
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.


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

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

OncANP Conference - February 16-18, 2018 - Tempe, Arizona
American Psychosocial Oncology Society 15th Annual Conference - February 22-24, 2018, Tucson, Arizona

International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health – May 8-11, 2018, Baltimore, MD



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