More than 400 physicians, researchers, nurses, integrative medicine practitioners, patient advocates, and patients from 17 countries convened in Scottsdale, Arizona, from October 27-29, 2018 for the 15th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

Programming focused on the theme “From Research to Practical Applications" and was presented in coordination with Banner MD Anderson and the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona. The conference included three outstanding keynote presentations and three plenary sessions, plus multiple workshops, oral abstracts, posters, and networking opportunities. SIO appreciates the program support of the Dr. Rogers Prize and the Weil Foundation.


The engaging and informative keynote lectures included:

  • Andrew Weil, MD, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, on “Integrative Oncology: Present and Future”;


  • Patricia Ganz, MD, University of California Los Angeles Schools of Medicine and Public Health, “Symptom Science in Cancer Survivors: Advances in Biology and Management”;


  • Eran Ben-Arye, MD, Lin and Carmel Medical Centers, Clalit Health Services and Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, on “Integrative Oncology in the Middle East.”

Plenary presentations focused on nutrition and cancer, implementation science, and non-pharmacological approaches to cancer pain.

Luncheon programs featured Dugald Seely, ND, MSc, Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, on “How Integrative Oncology Moves Forward: Walking as Tightrope in Stormy Weather” and Tieroana Low Dog, MD, Medicine Lodge Ranch, LLC, on “Natural Supplements: What Clinicians Should Know.”

Interactive sessions

Oral abstract presentations included discussions on: nutrition and natural products; acupuncture; mind-body-medicine; traditional medicine/TCM; multi-modal interventions; implementation and dissemination; quality of care; and energy balance. The five top-ranked oral abstracts were also presented as part of “The Best of SIO” with speakers on diverse research projects.

Conference workshops included “Disease-Specific Updates in Integrative Oncology”; “Native Traditional Healing: The Integration of Traditional Medicine Into Cancer Care”; “Heart Rate Variability Patterns Related to Psychosocial Interventions’ Success With Cancer Recovery: Implications for Research and Practice – An Experiential Workshop”; “Essentials of Culinary Medicine for Cancer Survivors”; “2018 Integrative Oncology Research Highlights in Three Key Fields: Mind-Body Medicine, Acupuncture, and Nutraceuticals With Emphasis on Clinical Application”; “Do Ask, Do Tell: Integrative Approaches for Women With Sexual Dysfunction After a Cancer Diagnosis”; “FDA-Registered Homeopathic Injections for the Treatment of Pain, Inflammation, Mild Depression, and Hepatic/Biliary Disorders”; and “Growing Integrative Medicine Clinical Programs: Perspective, Lessons, and Opportunities.” The poster session offered a wonderful opportunity for SIO 2018 attendees to network and discuss their research and interests in a more intimate setting.

Attendees also could participate in three post-conference workshops – “Therapeutic Yoga in Cancer Patients: Research Methodology and Clinical Application”; “Integrative Pain Management in Oncology: Psychophysiological, Cultural and Global Models of Care”; “and “Traditional Chinese Medicine and Integrative Oncology for GI Cancer: A U.S.-China Conversation, Season 2.”


Early morning roundtable sessions on research, acupuncture/TCM, quality of care, mind-body therapies, nutrition/natural products, integrative oncology education, clinical practice, pediatric oncology, gynecology oncology, communications, patient advocacy, innovations in digital health, and global development were very popular and generated new collaborations and ideas.

SIO again hosted a New Investigator Forum at which research experts and the selected new investigators/trainees in integrative oncology exchanged ideas, information, feedback and guidance. The conference also offered patient advocacy programming and networking.

We look forward to seeing you October 19-21, 2019 in New York City, New York for the 16th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology. The theme will be “Advancing the Science and Art of Integrative Oncology.