Integrative Oncology News
Meet Your Board Member: Misha Ruth Cohen, OMD, LAc
Misha Ruth Cohen, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Licensed Acupuncturist whose career started in HIV/AIDS and now has a strong focus on cancer, recently joined the SIO Board of Trustees during SIO's October conference in Vancouver. She is the Clinical Director of Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine, Executive Director of the Misha Ruth Cohen Education Foundation, and Research Specialist of Integrative Medicine at the University of California Institute for Health and Aging, all in San Francisco. An elected Fellow to the National Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Cohen has been practicing traditional Asian medicine for the past 38 years.
Recognized internationally as a senior teacher and leading expert in Chinese traditional medicine, Cohen has been invited several times by the Chinese government to present her programs, and her articles on HIV/AIDS have been officially translated for use in China. Cohen designed the HIV Professional Certification Program for Licensed Acupuncturists and certified more than 200 practitioners between 1985 and 1990. In 1990, she designed the Hepatitis C Professional Training Program for Licensed Acupuncturists and trained more than 450 practitioners from 1990 through 2009.
SIO Members Contribute to Complementary Therapies and Integrative Medicine Chapter in CHEST Guidelines
Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer, 3rd Edition: American College Of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines, published last month, includes a chapter entitled "Complementary Therapies and Integrative Medicine in Lung Cancer." According to the press release issued by ACCP, "The guidelines also devote attention to complementary therapies and integrative medicine in lung cancer. This includes interventions such as acupuncture, nutrition, and mind-body therapies. The guidelines outline which treatments and situations are scientifically supported for integration with standard treatments for lung cancer."
10th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology Draws Hundreds for Discussions of Knowledge Translation
Over 300 physicians, researchers, nurses, integrative medicine practitioners, patient advocates and patients from 16 countries convened at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, BC, Canada from October 20 to 22 at the 10th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology to examine the growing evidence base on the use of integrative therapies for cancer prevention and control. The 10th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology was presented in association with the University of British Columbia School of Medicine Department of Continuing Medical Education and the UBC School of Nursing. Conference presentations included topics on physical activity; cancer prevention and survivorship; cannabis in the treatment and management of cancer and related side effects; chemoprevention through natural health products and advances in nutrition therapy; and much more.