SIO Newswire

From the President

In this newswire:

Dear SIO Members and Friends,

Welcome to our combined Nov-Dec Newswire with the latest SIO updates. We hope those of you who attended the SIO 2021 International Conference in Baltimore and online are enjoying the video recordings, which will be available via Accelevents until January 31, 2022. This is a perfect time to view pre-conference workshops or concurrent sessions you may have missed, or watch your favorite parts again, like the exclusive screening of “Can You Hear My Voice?” and the live Q&A with producer and cancer survivor, Bill Brummel. There were so many great concurrent presentations it was hard to choose just one at a time, but now you can go back and duplicate yourself to attend them all!

Since the close of SIO2021, we have been busy planning next year’s conference, which will take place in Scottsdale, AZ, October 20-22, 2022. The program is coming together quickly and we are excited to soon announce our keynotes and invited symposia. Many thanks to Santosh Rao, MD, ABOIM, SIO President-Elect, for stepping into the role of conference co-chair alongside Denise Millstine, MD, of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Many of you may remember the 2018 conference in Scottsdale (I certainly recall the lovely early morning tai chi on the lawn, and lounging by the pool during breaks), so we figured no one would object to visiting again. Stay tuned as well for more information on SIO2023, which will be the 20th Anniversary celebration for our society in beautiful Banff, Alberta. We have a lot of great anniversary-related content in the works for that one! I also promise to take you on a hike in the fabulous surrounding mountains, my backyard playground.

On to other accomplishments. I’m excited to share that SIO leaders have co-authored a defining international publication alongside key stakeholders from NIH, WHO, Europe, and countries such as Brazil, Argentina, and India. Titled "Integrative oncology: Addressing the global challenges of cancer prevention and treatment", the open-access article was published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians on November 9, 2021, one of the largest impact journals in all of oncology. Corresponding author and SIO Past-President, Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, Chief of Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center writes, "We advocate for using SIO's integrative oncology framework to further develop this field to meet the global challenges of cancer control." This publication builds on the momentum of global collaboration demonstrated at the September 2021 SIO 18th International Conference, during which oncology leaders from countries around the world discussed priorities for improving oncology outcomes worldwide. Co-authors include SIO Past-President, Lorenzo Cohen, PhD; Board member Gabriel Lopez, MD; Global Task Force member Luis Alejandro Salicrup, PhD; SIO National Ambassador to Brazil, Ricardo Ghelman, PhD; past Board member Jennifer Ligibel, MD; and Geetha Krishnan G Pillai, MD (Ay), of the Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine unity of the World Health Organization. Click here to read the publication, which we are pleased is available to everyone in Open Access.

Additionally, SIO’s partnership with the funding agency Gateway for Cancer Research is proceeding well, with SIO member submissions proceeding through Gateway’s review schedule, including a newly created special track for SIO submissions and reviews. As a reminder, Gateway is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding transformational cancer research, in a scientific collaboration to advance evidence-based integrative oncology research. SIO is providing integrative oncology subject experts who join Gateway Review Boards, making sure our applicants get knowledgeable reviewers. Gateway has been amazing in establishing a direct path for SIO members to ease the process of applying for their grant opportunities, which are run four times each year, and open to international investigators as well. This is just one of the many benefits of being an SIO member, so I encourage you to make the most of it and get those ideas down on paper. In the current cycle, Letters of Intent (LOI) are due February 1, 2022. To submit an LOI, please visit the Grants Management portal at SIO Integrative Program

Our webinars continue unabated, with our recent partnership with AICR (American Institute of Cancer Research) resulting in a very well-attended presentation from Dr. Nigel Brockton and Sheena Patel Swanner, MS, RND, outlining the newly released AICR evidence-based recommendations for cancer prevention, covering weight, exercise and dietary guidelines. The work behind creating these guidelines was truly massive, including not only the extent of the evidence synthesis, but also all the amazing tools for implementation. Check out this self-assessment where you can create your own risk score. If you missed it, you can watch the full webinar on the SIO YouTube Channel here.

We are also happy to announce a joint British SIO/SIO collaboration, whereby members of the British Society for Integrative Oncology may also join SIO for an additional reduced fee, brokered by Dr. Catherine Zollman, who serves as the SIO National Ambassador to the UK and is also one of BSIO’s Executive Officers. This agreement is advantageous to both societies and we are excited to work more collaboratively with our British colleagues. BSIO Co-Chairs are currently Dr. Penny Kechagioglou, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Group Clinical Director for Surgery and Emergency Medicine at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire and Dr. Nina Fuller-Shavel, Integrative Medicine physician, scientist and educator, Director of Synthesis Clinic, Winchester, Hampshire. We are excited to welcome our new British colleagues to SIO and hope many will join us at the next conference!

In closing, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, wherever in this wide world you may be, and enjoy good health, time connecting with family and friends, and rejuvenation in nature. I know you will find me with my family on the ski slopes and skating on frozen lakes as I embrace all our beautiful Canadian winters have to offer, and I hope you will all do the same in your own homes. See you in the New Year!

Linda E. Carlson, Ph.D., R.Psych.              
Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology
CIHR SPOR Mentorship Chair in Innovative Clinical Trials (TRACTION Program)
Professor, Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine  
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
University of Calgary
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice (official journal of the International Psycho-Oncology Society)
President, Society for Integrative Oncology


Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity & Cancer: Evidence to Action Webinar

Last Week, SIO held a joint webinar with the American Institute for Cancer Research’s (AICR) Dr. Nigel Brockton (Vice President of Research) and Sheena Patel Swanner (Director of Nutrition Programs). The speakers dove into the strong evidence behind AICR’s 10 Cancer Prevention Recommendations, the programs that AICR offers to help people make positive lifestyle changes, and the compelling research demonstrating that adherence to the Recommendations has a substantial impact on cancer risk and outcomes. The presentation concluded with a great Q&A from the audience!
Click here to listen and watch our most recent SIO Webinar today! 

Herb of the Month

The last two decades have seen a significant increase in dietary supplement use by cancer patients. Despite the proliferation of web sites that contain information about dietary supplements, finding a reliable source can be overwhelming. The Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center developed and maintains a free Web site “About Herbs” ( that provides objective and unbiased information about herbs, vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements, and unproven anticancer treatments.  Each of the 288 and growing number of entries has healthcare professional and patient versions that are regularly updated with the latest research findings. The free About Herbs App, compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices, can be downloaded at
Cranberry, a perennial vine widespread in northeastern part of North America, has been used by Native American healers to treat wounds, fevers, blood disorders and seasickness.
Processed cranberry fruit and juice are widely consumed as food. The juice is also marketed as a dietary supplement to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). However, clinical data on cranberry’s effectiveness are mixed. A systematic review concluded that there is not enough evidence to recommend cranberry juice for preventing UTIs.
Additional studies reported that regular intake of cranberry juice may help suppress H. pylori infection; and lower cardiovascular disease risk factors in men with type-2 diabetes ... link to our monograph.

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