SIO NewsWire - February 2017. In this issue:
SIO announces luncheon speakers for 2017 International Conference; call for conference workshops is open; SIO adds Special Interest Group resources. Plus: herb of the month and integrative oncology news.
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President's Message

In last month’s NewsWire, I talked about some of the initiatives that are being developed by SIO, with the purpose of increasing the information available to you, opportunities to interact and to share knowledge and practical procedures as we work to pursue our mission - to advance evidence-based, comprehensive integrative oncology, individually and through our collective membership in SIO. I am happy to report that there is much progress on the steps to put these initiatives into action.
Even better, I can announce that the development of special interest groups, known as SIGs, is a reality in our organization. As you will read below, our first two SIGs, in gynecology and in pediatrics, are off and running, with more expected down the road. As always, the people behind the ideas and projects are integral to this progress. My special thanks to Peiying Yang, PhD, MS, for her overall and ongoing work on the SIGs initiatives, and to Katherine Taromina, MS, LAc, and Tracey Jubelirer, MD, (Pediatrics Onc SIG), and to Shruti Jolly, MD, and Matthew McCurdy, MD, PhD, DABR (GYN Onc SIG), for launching and leading the initial groups.

Please consider joining our newly formed SIGs or get together with other great colleagues in SIO to start SIGs in other focus areas. Let’s build an intimate and vibrant organization to grow our field of integrative oncology.  
As always, keep in touch.
Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE

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14th International Conference

Call for Workshop Open: SIO is accepting workshop submissions for the 14th International Conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on November 12-14, 2017. The submission deadline for the workshop is Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Click here for the guidelines and form for submission. Submissions must be relevant to integrative oncology and the conference theme of "Person-Centered Care in Integrative Oncology."

Luncheon Speakers: Stephen Sagar, BSc, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR, FRCPC, DAB, and Debra L. Barton, RN, PhD, will be the luncheon speakers at the 2017 SIO International Conference in Chicago, Illinois, at The Drake.
Stephen SagarThe luncheon presentation on Monday, November 13 will be given by Dr. Sagar a recipient of a Dr. Rogers Groundbreaker Awards, which will be presented this month in Toronto, Ontario. His topic will be "Why Should Medical Schools Teach Integrative Health?"

Debra BartonDr. Barton, the Mary Lou Willard French Professor of Nursing in the Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, will be the luncheon speaker on Tuesday, November 14. Her presentation will focus on personalized hypnosis therapy in addition to discussing the role that nursing care/nursing science contributes to the development of integrative oncology. Read more about our speakers.

Member Resource: SIGs

SIO is pleased to announce the creation of two special interest groups (SIGs) – pediatrics and gynecology - and welcomes applications for the development of SIGs in additional areas of focus relating to integrative oncology.
These new entities are designed to facilitate members’ sharing of studies, information and activities within the group areas of focus. “The establishment of SIGs creates additional opportunities for member involvement and interaction in particular fields of interest,” said President Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE. “The interdisciplinary nature of SIO will enrich the exchange of information and experience in the groups.” It is anticipated that, among initiatives, SIGs will provide resource information and be involved in educational program development, as well as networking.
Building on successful meet-ups at the November 2016 international conference, SIGs have been designated in (a) pediatrics and (b) gynecology. The mission for the Pediatrics Oncology SIG is to advance the field of pediatric integrative oncology by promoting awareness and evidence-based practices that may prevent or mitigate the side effects of cancer and its treatment for children, adolescents and young adults from diagnosis through survivorship and palliative care. The GYN Oncology SIG’s mission is to advance evidence based, comprehensive, integrative cancer care that is specific to women with pelvic malignancies.

If you are interested in either SIG, please contact and briefly describe your interest in the field and background. Membership in SIO is necessary to join SIGs; more than one can be selected. If you would like to propose creation of a SIG in another field, please be in touch with to request an application and procedural information.

Herb of the Month: Probiotics

We chose probiotics for this month’s NewsWire because of their growing popularity over the last two decades, stemming from perceived benefits including improved digestion, immune function and nutrient absorption. Read more about probiotics.

The Herb of the Month column is provided, with SIO's thanks, by the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which has developed and maintains a free web site, “About Herbs.”


MD Anderson Integrative Medicine Program Workshop – March 2-3, 2017, Houston, Texas

Society for Acupuncture Research Conference – April 27-29, 2017, San Francisco, California

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


News: Integrative Oncology

Groundbreaker Award: In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Dr. Rogers Prize, SIO Past President Stephen Sagar, BSc, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR, FRCPC, DABR, has received a Groundbreaker Award, a one-time award selected by an international jury honoring individuals whose lifetime dedication to patient care and personal conviction in pursuing practices above and beyond the medical status quo has prepared the way for future leaders. He and four other Canadian leaders in complementary and alternative medicine will receive the Groundbreaker Awards at a gala in Toronto on February 24.

Book: n of 1New Book: SIO member Glenn Sabin’s new book, n of 1, with Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH, has been released. The book documents his journey in cancer remission. The anatomy of the book is described in his blog post.

IO Articles: SIO member and 2016 Conference Co-Chair Michael Antoni, MD, authored with colleagues an article on “The Importance of Stress Management Among Postresection Breast Cancer Patients,” published in the December 2016 issue of Future Oncology. SIO Past President Stephen Sagar, BSc, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR, FRCPC, DABR, wrote about “Integrative Oncology: Are We Doing Enough to Integrate Psycho Education?” in commentary in the same issue. 

SIO Board member Claudia Witt, MD, MBA, and colleagues authored “A Consultation Training Program for Physicians for Communication About Complementary Medicine With Breast Cancer Patients: A Prospective, Multi-Center, Cluster-Randomized, Mixed-Method Study” in BMC Cancer

SIO Founding President Barrie Cassileth, MS. PhD, and colleague wrote in the ASCO Post on January 25 on “Vitamin D and Cancer: A Uniform Dose Is Unlikely to Fit All Patients.”
New IM Clinic: The University of Alabama at Birmingham has launched the new UAB Integrative Medicine Clinic. SIO member Carolina Salvador, MD, is serving as director.

Antioxidants and Fatigue: A research team of the University of Michigan School of Public Health led by SIO Immediate Past President Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH, examined whether an antioxidant-rich diet would improve fatigue in breast cancer patients. The team found that a change of diet may improve fatigue. 

Mindfulness Meditation: SIO Vice President-Communications Linda Carlson, PhD, RPsych, discussed the benefits of mindfulness meditation in her blog, posted in the Cancer Knowledge Network.

Exercise: SIO President Jun Mao, MD, MSCE, was interviewed regarding a new study issued in January from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on exercise for cancer patients; see also WebMD article.

Program Workshop: MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program is presenting a workshop on March 2-3, 2017 for health care professionals on program development and operation. Speakers will include SIO Past President Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, and members Gabriel Lopez, MD, and Alejandro Chaoul, PhD.

OncANP Speaker: SIO Past President Donald Abrams, MD, is a speaker on “Cannabis in Cancer and Pain Management” at the OncANP Naturopathic Oncology Conference, February 17-19 in Arizona.

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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