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Oncology Peer Review On-The-Go: Recommending Patient-Reported Outcomes of Pain for Cancer Care

In this episode of "Oncology Peer Review On-The-Go", CancerNetwork takes a look at an article publishing in early 2021 for the Journal ONCOLOGY, titled “Patient-Reported Outcomes of Pain and Related Symptoms in Integrative Oncology Practice and Clinical Research: Evidence and Recommendations.”

The piece summarizes current and validated patient-reported outcomes (PROs) specific to cancer-related pain. The piece also recommends commonly used PROs to be standardized to aid integrative oncology clinicians and researchers in both patient care and study design. For the first of 2 interviews regarding this piece, CancerNetwork spoke with 3 authors of the article, W. Iris Zhi, MD, PhD, and Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS, from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Xin Shelley Wang, MD, MPH, of the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

For the response perspective, CancerNetwork spoke with Linda Carlson, PhD, of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Carlson expanded on the work done by Zhi and her colleagues, emphasizing the importance of understanding reliability and validity. Carlson focused on the importance of the research topic, and the impact properly validated PROs can have on patients for the cancer care team.

April 2021

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Integrative Oncology Talk Recent Updates

Integrative Oncology Talk – a top rated podcast – featuring Dr. Santosh Rao, president-elect of SIO as he interviews various movers and shakers in the integrative oncology field is available here and the new Integrative Oncology Talk video series featuring the dynamic international duo of Dr. Rao and Dr. Judith Lacey is available here.

New from Integrative Oncology Talk are discussions with Dr. Claudia Witt about integrative oncology core competencies and Dr. Sheila Garland and Dr. Ashwin Mehta about sleep dysfunction. Click here for the video cast. Click here for the podcast. 

Stay tuned for new content on a regular basis.


The overall goal of the Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer Research Education Program (TREC Training Workshop) is to provide an annual, in person 5-day transdisciplinary research in energy balance and cancer training course early career investigators (i.e., junior faculty and postdocs). Cohorts will span a diverse array of academic backgrounds (i.e., basic, clinical and population cancer research) and in collaboration with the wider community of TREC-inspired scientists will enhance the ability to produce innovative and impactful transdisciplinary research in energetics and cancer and clinical care.

The prevalence of obesity in the United States and globally has increased significantly over the last three decades, with more than one-third of US adults categorized as obese and one-third categorized as overweight.1 Obesity is quickly overtaking tobacco use as the leading preventable cause of developing and dying of cancer, and it is primarily caused by poor diet and physical inactivity which are also independent risk factors for cancer development and mortality.1-3 Given the rising prevalence of obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity, known in combination as “energy balance” or “energetics”, as well as their associations with factors of cancer, innovative research, clinical care and training of scientists are needed to lower the prevalence of these risk factors and in turn, lower cancer incidence and mortality rates.

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SIO to Work with Leading Oncology Society on Guidelines for Integrative Approaches for Cancer Care
Medical societies to develop three evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in 2021

WASHINGTON (October 27, 2020) – The Society for Integrative Oncology announced today that it is collaborating with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®), the world’s leading professional organization of its kind representing oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer, to develop a series of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for integrative therapies in oncology care. The guidelines, planned for publication in 2021 and 2022, will provide clinicians and patients much-needed guidance on safely and effectively treating common cancer symptoms and side effects using integrative approaches.

In case you missed our special summer series #Wellness Wednesdays - or, if you want to watch an episode again, visit SIO's YouTube channel to access recordings and the meditations and yoga practices.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

After careful consideration and comprehensive evaluation of currently available information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Board of Trustees of the Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO) has made the decision to postpone the 17th International Conference, co-hosted by Johns Hopkins University, originally scheduled for October 16-18, 2020.
The Conference will now be held September 24-26, 2021 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. Although disappointing, after weighing the various factors at play, we feel this is the best decision for the health of the Society and of our members. 

We continue to closely monitor the developments surrounding COVID-19 and we wish to inform all our colleagues globally that we are committed to SIO’s mission as well as the health and safety of all members.

The postponement of the SIO 2020 Conference was based on multiple factors, including the current travel restrictions put in place by the U.S. and other countries and our inability to predict when these may be lifted, the need for conference participants to make decisions about submitting abstracts now amid this uncertainty, the current toll being placed on our health care community, and the financial impact on institutions that may also affect future conference travel and funding.

Additionally, with the postponement, we were able to negotiate an agreement with the hotel, which will not penalize the society financially. Most importantly, we carefully weighed the impact on members’ and patients’ immediate and long-term health, preferring to take a more cautious approach.

We look forward to hosting the in-person conference in 2021, which will give members of the Integrative Oncology community an opportunity to present and discuss their important work, make valued connections, and build collaborations with colleagues around the globe. Meanwhile, we understand the need to collaborate and share research, discuss relevant healthcare impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak and explore advances in integrative medicine before the rescheduled date.

Therefore, SIO is working with our conference planning committee, our other committees, special interest groups and task forces to cultivate digital learning and networking opportunities in 2020 to replace the originally scheduled conference. Details will follow as this work advances.

If you have further questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  As more information becomes available, it will be posted on the Conference website and on social media. 

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and unwavering commitment to SIO.

Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS
President, SIO

onc july cover 250 1UBM Medica, a leading provider of educational resources to healthcare professionals, and SIO have begun a partnership to offer SIO members access to ONCOLOGY journal and as a benefit of membership. Through the partnership, SIO also will provide content on integrativeoncology.

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. Learn  more on our COVID-19 Resources page and submit your contribution on our Donation page.