The current COVID-19 pandemic has acutely affected the Navajo Nation, which lives in a region spanning parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. Historically, the Navajo People have suffered high rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, all of which contribute to increased risk for poorer COVID-19 outcomes.

For decades, tribal land has been left without basic infrastructure such as running water, electricity and paved roads.

The Indian Health Service has been chronically underfunded, and the Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation is the only cancer treatment location on any Native American soil. The SIO is honored to present this support initiative. Donations will go directly to Tuba City Regional Healthcare through the Cancer Support Community donation page, and will be used for essential healthcare needs such as PPE for staff and hand sanitizer. Please join us in this opportunity to improve the lives of those who suffer such health disparities. Read the complete  pdf article. (135 KB)

For more information, please see links below, or visit SIO's Donation Page to contribute.

 “COVID-19 Ravaging the Navajo Nation

by Mary Hasbah Roessel, MD; June 09, 2020

 “Native Americans Need More Funding to Battle COVID-19, Lawmakers Told” MedPage Today, June 12, 2020

  pdf Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation COVID-19 Supplies Needed (100 KB)


Global Perspectives on Online Integrative Oncology Care During the

Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) hosts the next webinar in our educational series, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm ET: "Global Perspectives on Online Integrative Oncology Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic."

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a significant challenge to oncology healthcare practitioners (HCP), limiting their ability to provide in-person supportive cancer care. SIO has established an Online Task Force to address this challenge.

Through a global survey of over 50 HCPs from almost 20 countries, a practice guideline to delivering online, evidence-based integrative oncology care has been developed. During this webinar, the draft guideline will be presented, clinical exemplars shared, and discussion held regarding attendees’ experiences in providing online integrative oncology.

Eran Ben-Arye, MD, is Director, Integrative Oncology Program, Haifa and Western Galilee Oncology Service, Lin, Carmel & Zebulun Medical Centers, Clalit Health Services, Associate Professor, Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and Co-chair of the SIO Online Task Force.

Lynda G. Balneaves, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Deputy Director, Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC), and Past-President, Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO).

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"What Now? Navigating cancer treatment during a possible COVID-19 'second wave'"

Eugene Ahn MD and Linda Carlson PhD, C.Psych
Co-chairs SIO Communications Committee

As business starts to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic and we watch carefully to make sure an anticipated second wave of cases does not overwhelm our health care systems, many patients with cancer remain confused as to what to do next. Some newly diagnosed patients have been waiting for definitive surgery or systemic therapy until states open up non-essential businesses, but it is our view that during the re-opening we still need to do all we can to protect more vulnerable patients, particularly those who are undergoing cancer treatment. Acknowledging these continued concerns, and to help cancer survivors navigate the COVID-19 pandemic we at SIO wanted to highlight five key recommendations all of which are supported by the Center of Diseases Control (CDC) and/or American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). For a much more comprehensive and detailed list of recommendations based on type of cancer from various professional organizations, we recommend this ASCO link.

Read complete article on our blog page.