More than 325 physicians, researchers, nurses, integrative medicine practitioners, patient advocates, and patients from 20 countries convened in Chicago, Illinois, from November 12th-14th at the 14th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

The conference program focused on the theme of person-centered care in integrative oncology. SIO 2017 was presented with the assistance of Northwestern Medicine Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

SIO programming for the three days included three outstanding keynote presentations and four plenary sessions, plus multiple workshops, oral abstracts, posters, and networking opportunities.

We chose mistletoe for this month because of the continued debate over its use. A semi-parasitic plant, mistletoe grows on many species of trees native to Europe and Western Asia. The leaves and twigs have a long medicinal history, but the berries are highly poisonous.

The Society for Integrative Oncology elected officers and five new board members to serve three-year terms at its 2017 annual business meeting on November 13 in conjunction with SIO’s 14th annual international conference in Chicago, Illinois.