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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.

“It is critical to separate evidence-based, integrative health approaches from those without evidence,” said Ting Bao, MD, DAMBA, MS, president of SIO. “These guidelines will help the cancer community ensure safe, effective use of integrative approaches for managing patients’ cancer-related symptoms.”

The majority of people with cancer seek out integrative therapies sometime after receiving their diagnosis. Integrative health approaches during cancer care are patient-centered treatments that utilize evidence-informed mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from various traditions, alongside conventional cancer treatments.

“We are delighted to collaborate with SIO on the development of evidence-based guidelines that will help optimize the care of patients with cancer using therapies complementary to cancer treatment,” said Chair of the ASCO® Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, Douglas E. Peterson, DMD, PhD. “The guidelines will focus on important concerns in patient care that greatly impact quality of life, and will help equip the oncology community with the essential knowledge needed to manage integrative therapy approaches.”

SIO and ASCO® will convene independent panels of experts representing members of both societies to produce a series of three evidence-based guidelines for adults focusing on cancer-related pain management, fatigue in cancer survivors, and care of anxiety and depressive symptoms experienced by those with cancer. The topics were selected based on expert consensus and surveys of SIO’s membership. Each expert panel will review published literature, including systematic reviews and existing guidelines. The expert panels will outline and recommend evidence-based integrative therapies to use, as well as caution against ineffective or harmful approaches, for specific clinical indications during and after cancer treatment.

“Many patients already use integrative approaches during and after their cancer treatment, but medical decisions need to be made based on firm science,” said Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, co-chair of SIO’s Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. “By co-developing these clinical guidelines, SIO and ASCO® will help bring this evidence-based treatment information to patients and oncologists worldwide, so they can wisely allocate resources to the most effective complementary approaches.”

SIO received an unrestricted grant to fund guideline development from the Samueli Foundation.

ASCO® is a registered trademark of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. and is used with permission. ASCO is not a partner or affiliate of SIO and does not recommend or endorse any organization, product, or service.

About The Society for Integrative Oncology:
Founded in 2003, SIO is the premier multi-disciplinary international professional organization for integrative oncology. The mission of the SIO is to advance evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative healthcare to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. SIO enables communication, education, and research to occur by bringing together practitioners and researchers across professions focused on the care of cancer patients and survivors. Members share the common goals of excellent comprehensive patient care, enhancement of anti-cancer therapy, supportive care, and prevention of cancer. SIO members are part of a unique multidisciplinary community of oncologists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, complementary therapy practitioners, naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, epidemiologists, researchers, and many other health care practitioners. Learn more at https://integrativeonc.org/, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.