SIO NewsWire - May 2017. In this issue:
SIO launches new initiatives - Updated guidelines for patients with breast cancer and Research Committee blog; 2017 conference: 4 plenary sessions; applications sought for New Investigator Forum; call for conference abstracts closes May 10. Plus: herb of the month and integrative oncology news.
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President's Message

Jun Mao, MDWelcome to spring! Appropriately, this is a month in which new and expanded resources of SIO are in bud or blossoming. A prime example is our newly issued clinical guidelines update regarding patients with breast cancer. This project is receiving widespread applause and behind the scenes is a terrific project team of SIO members who have spent numerous hours researching and preparing the guidelines.
Our conference committee is placing the finishing touches on programming for our 2017 international conference November 12-14 in Chicago – another project that reflects extensive work and collaboration by SIO members. Read here about the four plenary sessions planned for the conference and two great opportunities – to submit applications for our New Investigator Forum and to respond to our call for abstracts proposals. Please share these opportunities with your colleagues, as well.
Our Research Committee continues to be active in developing new resources for our members and I am pleased to announce a new blog series, “Myths of Cancer,” which will be posted on our website and noted in the NewsWire. Much work has gone into the preparation of the blog.
Our thanks for all the member involvement that went into these projects. We have more initiatives on the drawing board so watch for more news. As always, we welcome your ideas and participation. (Contact us at It’s that multi-disciplinary collaboration of many minds and experience that makes SIO such a valuable resource.

Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE

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14th International Conference

SIO2017 Plenary Sessions: Four plenary discussions are planned for SIO’s 2017 international conference on November 12-14 in Chicago. Topics will be Natural Products and Diet on Microbiome and Cancer; Meeting the Integrative Oncology Needs of Young Adult Cancer Patients; Integrative Innovations in Digital Health Technologies with Cancer Patients and Survivors; and Art as Medicine. Read more about the sessions and speakers.

Read more about the conference programming, elements and logistics. Registration will open in June.

Call for Abstracts Closes May 10:  SIO’s call for abstracts for its 2017 international conference is open to May 10. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations that represent the broad spectrum of integrative cancer research (basic, clinical, health care utilization, cost effectiveness, program and best practice guideline development) and clinical care are welcomed. The conference will be November 12-14 in Chicago. Read more

Apply for New Investigator Forum: SIO is accepting 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. The deadline for submission is July 1.

SIO appreciates the support of Unitech Medical, Inc. for this forum.  Read more about the forum and submission procedures.

SIO at World Congress

SIO leadership and members will present a plenary session on "Advancing the Science and Care of Integrative Oncology Around the World" at the World Congress Integrative Medicine & Health 2017 on May 5 in Berlin, Germany. Participating will be SIO President Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE; President-Elect Lynda Balneaves, PhD, RN; Board member Claudia Witt, MD, MBA; Gustav Dobos, MD; and Yufei Yang, MD. The presentation builds on discussions at SIO's 2016 international conference, which focused on advancing the global impact of integrative oncology.

Herb of the Month: Coriolus

CoriolusCoriolus versicolor (or Trametes versicolor), a medicinal mushroom, was chosen for this month’s issue because it is employed as an adjuvant agent in the treatment of cancer. It is popularly known as the “turkey tail mushroom” because of its resemblance to the multi-colored tail of a wild turkey.

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.” Read more about coriolus.


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

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




SIO Resources

SIO Issues Updates Guidelines: In newly updated clinical guidelines from SIO, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues at MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Michigan, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and other institutions in the U.S. and Canada, analyzed which integrative treatments are most effective and safe for patients with breast cancer. This systematic review adds to the growing literature on integrative therapies for patients with breast cancer and other cancer populations. The latest results are published on line and in print in CA: A Cancer Journal for Cliniciansa publication of the American Cancer Society. Read more

SIO Launches Blog: The SIO Research Committee is introducing a new blog series, “Myths of Cancer,” which will address some of the most common myths and misperceptions that arise around cancer risk and treatment related to diet and natural health products, as well as other complementary therapies such as yoga, acupuncture and meditation. The postings will appear periodically on the SIO website and announced in the NewsWire. “Does Sugar Feed Cancer?” is the first topic posted for this new resource.This article was co-written by Eugene Ahn, MD, and Kristen Trukova, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, CSO. If you have a question you would like us to address or comments about this post, please send your suggestions to: We hope you enjoy the series. Read more

News: Integrative Oncology

Integrative health definition:
Leaders of the Institute for Integrative Health have developed a new definition of integrative health in collaboration with the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. The definition made its debut in a paper lead-authored by Institute Scholar and SIO Board member Claudia Witt, MD, MBA: "Defining Health in a Comprehensive Context: A New Definition of Integrative Health," published on line by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Acupuncture article: SIO President Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, and member Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, wrote in the March 25 ASCO Post about “Acupuncture for the Management of Hot Flashes.”

Conference speakers: Speakers at the ASCO Annual Meeting on June 2-6 in Chicago will include SIO Past President Gary E. Deng, MD, PhD, who will discussPartnering With Patients Who Embrace Nontraditional Cancer Treatment.”

David Victorson, PhD, Co-Chair of the 2017 SIO conference, will be a plenary speaker at the conference of the Integrative Medicine for the Underserved August 24-26 in Chicago.

Member honors: SIO member Victoria Maizes, MD, MPH, received the Leadership Award at the 2017 Integrative Healthcare Symposium Annual Conference in New York City.

Yoga Study: SIO member Avital-Mazar Ben-Josef, DMD, E-RYT, was among investigators in a University of Pennsylvania study, “Impact of Eischens Yoga During Radiation Therapy on Prostate Cancer Patient Symptoms and Quality of Life: A Randomized Phase II Trial,” published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology on March 30.

Cancer status report: The National Cancer Institute has released Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2014, a yearly collaboration between NCI, the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. The report finds that overall cancer death rates continue to decrease in men, women, and children for all major racial and ethnic groups. The report also includes a special section on survival that finds significant improvement for all but two cancer sites. 

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.



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