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August 6, 2021

Dr. Jun Mao, SIO Past President and current SIO Trustee, comments on cancer patients who have struggled with addiction in the past and how it affects their pain management.

Listen to Dr. Jun Mao on Good Morning America here, and where Kathy Griffin opens up about her treatment after lung cancer surgery.

Mission Statement 

The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) affirms the dignity, equality, and equity of all people. We recognize that all are not treated with respect, and we commit ourselves to working for justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging among both internal and external stakeholders. With this in mind, the SIO Health Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Task Force (HEI&B TF) commits to the following core values:

  • Uphold the inherent equality of persons of every race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, location, nationality, socioeconomic experience, and any other difference through respectful and kind interaction.
  • Acknowledge that modern integrative oncology therapies have their roots in the health traditions of indigenous peoples of many nations, cultures, and ethnicities through the use of appropriate images, wording, and actions in all SIO activities and events.
  • Practice inclusivity and belonging by inviting and welcoming members from underrepresented communities by supporting inclusion and belonging and identifying and eliminating barriers to participation.
  • Create a system to continuously educate ourselves about cancer health inequities, their etiology, and how to dismantle the structural and systemic factors that sustain them. This includes exploring and monitoring our own biases and privileges.

The HEI&B TF supports the SIO in being an inclusive, just, and diverse organization that promotes equity and belonging by taking the following actions:

  • Assessing the makeup of SIO leadership and membership through demographic surveys.
  • Promoting inclusion by identifying inequities within the SIO, including power inequities, and recommending changes to counter these inequities.
  • Identifying justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion training and other resources for SIO members and requiring that Board members participate in such training.
  • Conducting annual reviews of the SIO’s entity reports, surveys, and other assessments deemed appropriate.
  • Developing and implementing a mechanism for SIO members to safely bring concerns about aggressions and microaggressions experienced within the Society.
  • Supporting the SIO in creating a safe and compassionate space to work for justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

We also acknowledge the fluidity of our understanding and commit to adapting our language and actions to our intentions as we continue to learn. We recognize that the language of health equity continues to evolve over time as our society processes current and past events. 


Land Acknowledgment Statement 

The following land acknowledgement statement will be used at SIO events, both in-person and virtual, that are taking place on lands where there has been a history of colonialization. SIO members are also encouraged to acknowledge the land on which they are situated in their activities with the Society. 

The Society of Integrative Oncology acknowledges that the land where many of us live is often the traditional and ancestral territory of Indigenous/Aboriginal/First Nations peoples.  We acknowledge the harm done to these peoples and communities through genocide, the violation of treaties, and other systemic discriminatory policies. We commit to honoring the unique cultural heritages, healing traditions, and values of these communities as we pursue our mission to improve the lives of people with cancer through evidence-informed, equitable, and person-centered integrative cancer care.

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Gateway for Cancer Research and Society for Integrative Oncology join forces 

CHICAGO, IL (June 23, 2021) Gateway for Cancer ResearchSM, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding transformational cancer research, announces a scientific collaboration with the Society for Integrative Oncology™ (SIO) to advance evidence-based integrative research.  

This new initiative has been established to identify compelling areas of inquiry in the field of integrative cancer research and to fund the talented clinician-scientists best positioned to pursue these studies. A direct path for SIO members has been established to ease the process of applying for a grant opportunity. 

“Gateway for Cancer Research and SIO share an urgent commitment to discovering integrative strategies that will make a real difference for those facing cancer,” said Michael Burton, president and CEO, Gateway for Cancer Research. “We are proud to partner with SIO to establish this promising grant program, and we are confident that our collaboration will significantly contribute to and accelerate progress for the patients we serve.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Gateway for Cancer Research to create a pathway for new integrative oncology research,” said Dr. Ting Bao, President of SIO. “This joint effort aligns perfectly with SIO’s mission to support scientifically robust research on evidence-informed integrative therapies to improve the lives of people affected by cancer and marks an important step forward in the field of integrative oncology.”

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To submit an LOI, please visit the Grants Management portal at SIO Integrative Program

About Gateway for Cancer Research℠ 

Gateway for Cancer ResearchSM is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization committed to funding innovative cancer research that helps people living with cancer to feel better and live longer as we work to end cancer as we know it. Thanks to generous underwriting, 99 cents of every dollar Gateway receives directly funds Phase I and Phase II cancer clinical trials at leading research institutions across the country and abroad. Since 1991, Gateway has supported more than 190 clinical trials and funded over $90 million in breakthrough cancer research, serving over 9,000 patients. Get involved today by visiting, like us on Facebook at and join the conversation on Twitter at @GatewayforCR and Instagram at @GatewayforCR, #BeAGateway

About Society for Integrative Oncology™

Founded in 2003, SIO is the premier multi-disciplinary professional organization for integrative oncology. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, SIO enables communication, education, and research to occur by bringing together practitioners from multiple disciplines focused on the care of cancer patients and survivors. Follow SIO on LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube (@Society for Integrative Oncology), Twitter and Instagram (@integrativeonc). #integrativeonc

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SIO Wellness Wednesdays Series 2021

SIO is thrilled to announce our popular Wellness Wednesday series will return this summer with two webinars per month from June through August. Each Wellness Wednesday will include a free, live, one-hour informal lunch conversation with cancer subject matter experts who will illuminate the challenges faced by people touched by cancer, particularly those in underrepresented communities. Our goal is to highlight the benefits of integrative medicine in the context of equitable cancer care.

Click here for information on Episode One. 

Click here for information on Episode Two.

Click here for information on Episode Three.

Click here for information on Episode Four.

Click here for information on Episode Five.

Click here for information on Episode Six.

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SIO Wellness Wednesdays Series Available on YouTube

In case you missed our 2020 summer series #WellnessWednesdays - or, if you want to watch an episode again, visit SIO's YouTube channel to access recordings and the meditations and yoga practices.

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.

Click here to view this month's digest. 

Click here to view the most recently uploaded videos to our Youtube Channel. 

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.