SIO October 2022 Newswire

From the President

In this newswire:

Dear SIO Members and Friends,
Early October marks the height of Larch season in the Canadian Rockies. If you’ve never heard of a Larch tree, they are an astounding blend of coniferous and deciduous; a pine tree whose needles turn from green to brilliant yellow and drop each fall. People flock from far and wide to hike in their midst; as did I this past weekend. Part of their beauty is their fleetingness - there is only a 2-3 week window when they transform; too early, they blend in with all the other evergreens; too late, they are but bare branches. They embody non-attachment and force us to embrace change, which can be difficult when we strive for certainty and control. Hopefully you too have had a chance to spend time rejuvenating in nature wherever you live.

Now on to the latest SIO news! Before I write about the 19th International SIO Conference, just two weeks away now, I have very exciting news to share. You may have received our eblast announcement of the long-awaited September 19, 2022, Journal of Clinical Oncology publication titled, “Integrative Medicine for Pain Management in Oncology: Society for Integrative Oncology - ASCO Guidelines.”

Co-chairs of the multidisciplinary panel of experts were Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, SIO Past President and Chief of Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and Eduardo Bruera, MD, FAAHPM, Chair of the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.

Pain is “one of the most common, disabling, and feared symptoms experienced by people diagnosed with cancer,” begins the publication. The main recommendations can be found on pages 2-3, and include acupuncture, yoga, reflexology, acupressure, massage therapy, guided imagery, hypnosis and music therapy for chronic pain in people with cancer. Recommendations specify the interventions “should” or “may” be offered to treat pain in people treated for cancer with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, palliative care, and hospice care.

This is a milestone for SIO, and we are planning ways to disseminate this guideline, including at the upcoming conference, where SIO Past President Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH, will conduct a workshop on “Implementation Science: New methods to Identify and Address Barriers to Integrative Oncology Health.” Sign up for pre-conference workshops here. If you have already registered, click “Manage My Registration".
I also highly recommend the other two fascinating pre-conference workshops. The “Yoga Therapy Across the Breast Cancer Care Continuum: Creating a Safe, Evidence-Informed Practice” workshop will be conducted by eight SIO Yoga SIG leaders and members. There will be demonstrations of yogic techniques for each stage of care, so if you are interested in yoga safety, health equity, and the evidence-base for benefits of yoga for people with cancer, please sign up at the link above. The “Supporting Our Youngest Patients Psychic and Somatic Distress: Psychiatric & Pediatric Medical Dance” workshop will be conducted by Suzi Tortora, Ed. D, BC-DMT, and Karolina Bryl, PhD, R-DMT/DMP. The title of this workshop says it all, and I’m grateful to Drs. Tortora and Bryl for teaching us how to support children and their families affected by the trauma of cancer and its treatment.

Now, onto the conference! Though early bird registration has passed, I encourage you to register and join us in person, as there is something special about being together and connecting, meeting new people in the field, and sharing ideas and a few laughs. Many important SIO initiatives and collaborations have come about in this way.
If you are not able to travel in person, please register to attend virtually, as you will be able to experience the main conference sessions and even the first evening’s event, “A Tribute to SIO’s Founding President, Dr. Barrie Cassileth,” followed by “SIO: Past & Future.”

I also have more good news to announce regarding conference scholarships, as SIO’s Executive Committee approved a record $50,000 outlay to provide scholarships to 68 attendees, 28 in-person and 40 virtual. Of the 68, 41 are from the US, 3 are from Canada, and 24 are from Australia, the UK, Mexico, Brazil, Cyprus, India, Nepal, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, Israel, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. It’s thrilling to see such amazing international engagement this year.
Last month, I was able to record a presentation for the 3rd Annual Conference of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies-Specialty Committee of Integrative Oncology (WFCMS-CSIO), also known as the Chinese Society for Integrative Oncology. SIO Past President Jun Mao, MD, MSCE, spoke separately at the conference, and we both discussed the SIO Global Ambassador Program and the international development and collaboration in the field of integrative oncology between SIO and China during the session titled, “Integrative Oncology Global Development and National Key Research and Development Plan on Traditional Chinese Medicine Modernization Special Strategic Research Forum.” The September 17th conference in Beijing was organized by SIO Board Member, Professor Yufei Yang. Watch the recording of my presentation here on the SIO YouTube channel.
The Board of Trustees meets the day before the conference in Scottsdale to map out SIO’s future, and international outreach and collaboration will be discussed, as well as other topics. Look for news on the Annual SIO Board Retreat in next month’s newswire.

Linda E. Carlson, Ph.D., R.Psych.              
Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology
Professor, Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine  
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice (official journal of the International Psycho-Oncology Society)
President, Society for Integrative Oncology

Register for the 2022 SIO Conference

Join us in Scottsdale, October 20-22 for SIO's 19th International Conference!

SIO’s 19th International Conference will present an exceptional opportunity to learn about new findings in integrative oncology from healthcare/scientific disciplines that have the potential to transform cancer care internationally. The 2022 theme is “Delivering Multidisciplinary Integrative Oncology Care Across Communities”.

The conference features include keynote, plenary and concurrent sessions, as well as workshops highlighting the latest clinical, research and methodological issues, and offers opportunities to learn about integrative modalities. We will offer a virtual attendance option again this year with limited streamed sessions. We appreciate your understanding.

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SIO 2022 Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations and thank you to the following clinicians who are on SIO’s Scholarship Awardee lists for the 3rd year in a row! We applaud your dedication and commitment to advancing SIO’s mission in your countries and look forward to meeting you in person.
Beverley Ann de Valois, PhD, LicAc, FBAcC, MBLS
Researcher in Integrative Medicine
Supportive Oncology Research Team (SORT)
Mount Vernon Cancer Centre
Middlesex UK
Philip Odiyo, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Psycho-oncologist
Faraja Cancer Support Trust
Nairobi, Kenya
Isabel María Centeno, M. Ed., PhD Candidate
Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias, Artes y Humanidades
Mexico City, Mexico

Herb of the Month

Red Clover
The last two decades have seen a significant increase in dietary supplement use by cancer patients. Despite the proliferation of websites that contain information about dietary supplements, finding a reliable source can be overwhelming. The Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering developed and maintains a free website About Herbs that provides objective and unbiased information about herbs, vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements, and unproven anticancer treatments.  Each of the 290 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 is now available on both ANDROID and iOS devices! Download at Google Play for Android devices and App Store for iOS.

A perennial phytoestrogenic herb, red clover is used in traditional medicine to treat skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema, respiratory problems, and mastitis. An extract containing red clover isoflavones is promoted as a dietary supplement to relieve menopausal symptoms.

Data on the benefits of red clover in relieving menopausal symptoms are conflicting. But in studies of postmenopausal women, supplementation has been reported to alleviate vasomotor symptoms, improve bone loss, and may also help lower cholesterol levels.

Because red clover has phytoestrogenic effects, patients with hormone-sensitive cancers should consult with their physicians before taking red clover supplements … link to monograph.

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