SIO NewsWire - September 2017. In this issue:
SIO2017 pre-conference registration rates through October 30; Best of SIO presentations announced; SIO adds research resources. Plus: herb of the month and integrative oncology news.
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President's Message

Jun Mao, MDThe Best of SIO has become a much-sought opportunity for presenters on integrative oncology and a not-to-be missed program for attendees at our international conferences.

As described in this issue of the NewsWire, five very interesting Best of SIO presentations await you at our 2017 conference in Chicago, Illinois, on November 14. That is just one of sessions at this year's November 12-14 conference that will create a lively learning lab and conversation about developments in integrative oncology. If you have not yet made arrangements to attend, catch the pre-conference registration rates available through October 30 and make your hotel arrangements (special conference rate through October 21). 
You also will read in this issue about some of our Research Committee's resources for our members. This and other SIO committees, special interest groups, and task forces will be meeting up at the conference breakfast roundtables to share information. Please sit down at a table of your choice. We welcome involvement.
As always, keep in touch and say hello in Chicago.
Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE

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14th International Conference

Register Now - Take advantage of pre-conference registration rates available through October 30 for the SIO 2017 international conference on November 12-14 in Chicago, Illinois. 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 and make hotel arrangements.

Best of SIO

The Best of SIO will be presented Tuesday, November 14. Presenters selected for presentation at this year’s conference are: 

- What If Acupuncture Is Covered by Insurance? A Survey Study of Academic and Community Cancer Patients - Kin Wai (Tony) Hung, MD, MBA, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

-The Analysis of the Correlation Between TCM Syndrome Types and the Status of Inflammatory-Immune Response in Pancreatic Cancer - Yawen Geng, PhD Candidate, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center

-Empowering Patients and Improving the Waiting Room Experience: A Randomized Controlled Study - Ting Bao, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

-Two Arm Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Randomized Phase 2 Clinical Trial of a Topical Chinese Herb Arnebia Indigo Jade Pearl (AIJP) Cream in a Sample of HIV+ Adults With HPV-Related High-Grade Intraepithelial Lesions:  Final Lesion Findings - Misha Cohen, OMD, LAc, Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine

-Patient Centeredness of Communication in Academic Medical Oncology - Jon Tilburt, MD, Mayo Clinic

Programming also will include keynotes, luncheon presentations, plenary panels, workshops, oral abstracts, and poster presentations. Read more about the 2017 conference.

SIO Resources and Opportunities

The SIO Research Committee provides recent research findings, including studies involving acupuncture and yoga. Read more
The Research Committee has also posted a new article, on soy food safety for breast cancer patients on its blog at the SIO website. The article was written by SIO member Omer Kucuk, MD. Read more 

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.

Herb of the Month: Gingko

GingkoThe herb chosen for discussion this month is one of the oldest living trees dating back 250 million years—ginkgo—prevalent in China, Korea and Japan.  The seeds were used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat respiratory, and urinary disorders, loss of hearing, and sexual dysfunction.

Available clinical evidence suggests that ginkgo can improve short-term memory. However, data on its effectiveness for preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are not definitive. Although findings from epidemiological studies suggest anticancer potential, contradictory data indicate no such effects. More research is needed. Because ginkgo increases the risk of bleeding, it is generally advised to discontinue use at least 36 hours before surgery. Read more

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.


News: Integrative Oncology

Acupuncture Study: SIO members are authors for a study published in September in Supportive Care in Cancer, Acupuncture for reduction of symptom burden in multiple myeloma patients undergoing autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: a randomized sham-controlled trial. SIO members Gary Deng, MD, Marci Coleton, MA, Xin S. Wang, MD, MPH, Barrie Cassileth, ND, PhD, and Jun J. Mao, MD, and colleagues participated in the study.

Yoga Research: Research from MD Anderson Cancer Center, published in the September issue of the journal Cancer, found that participating in twice-weekly practice of Tibetan yoga may reduce sleep disturbances and improve sleep quality in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. SIO members Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, Kathrin Milbury, PhD, and Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, were among authors on the study, Randomized trial of Tibetan yoga in patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.

AAP Report: An updated American Academy of Pediatrics  clinical report on pediatric integrative medicine reviews complementary therapies, to aid clinicians in advising patients and their families. The full report, “Pediatric Integrative Medicine,” was  published online in August in the journal Pediatrics. SIO member Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, spoke about this topic in an August 30 article in Consumer Affairs, noting "Discussing all this needs to be part of the standard of care in terms of dialogues between informed physicians and parents.” 

Telephone Counseling: The September 8 CancerNetwork included a video from SIO member Anita Kinney, PhD, RN, on “Telephone delivery of BRCA genetic counseling,” on a study that found such counseling for women who were at risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers was noninferior to in-person counseling, with no significant adverse effects on long-term outcomes.

IM program Workshop: MD Anderson Cancer Center is presenting an Integrative Medicine Program Workshop November 15-16 at its Houston, Texas Center. The program is designed for health care professionals interested in learning more about integrative medicine in a comprehensive cancer center. Contact or 713.745.5046 for more information.

Patient Education Webcast: On September 26, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center hosted a Facebook live event to educate patients about integrative medicine with SIO members Jun Mao, MD, Gary Deng, MD, and Ting Bao, MD.  The event appeared in the feed of 12,000 Facebook followers.

NCCIH Retirement: Dr. Josephine Briggs, NCCIH Director, a member of the NIH community for the past 20 years, has announced her retirement, which will begin in October.

Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD

Breast Cancer Conference: SIO member Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, MPH, (photo above) discussed SIO’s guidelines for persons with breast cancer, during the Northwest Metastatic  Breast Cancer Conference in September in Seattle Washington. Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

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. 


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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