The Society for Integrative Oncology’s 13th international conference, November 5-7, 2016 in Miami, Florida, will include a plenary session on culture and caregiving. The session, to be held, November 6, will include, as moderator, Judith Fouladbakhsh, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC. of Oakland University and, as panelists, Allison Applebaum, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Samreet Kumar, PhD, of Memorial Healthcare System; and BeJoy Thomas, PhD, of the University of Calgary. They will discuss will discuss their approaches to the care of those affected by cancer, including patients and caregivers worldwide; the challenge to deliver consistently high quality care across treatment and during survivorship; compassion, fatigue and burnout among providers; and evidence-based approaches to enhance resiliency.


Mind-Body will be the focus of one of four plenary sessions at SIO’s 2016 international conference in Miami, Florida. This session, “Top-Down or Bottoms-Up? Interventions for Regulating Health Outcomes,” will be held on Monday, November 7. Investigators have long been interested in improving health biomarkers using mind-body therapies. Additionally, we are beginning to recognize the importance of the gut microbiota in health and potential influences of lifestyle factors on the microbiome. In this symposium, panelists will present examples of current research on two mind-body therapies, mindfulness and stress management, as well as current thinking on the role of lifestyle factors on the microbiome in colorectal cancer. Linda Carlson, PhD, RPsych, of the University of Calgary will moderate the session, with panelists Marie Abreau, MD, and Michael Antoni, both of the University of Miami, and David Victorson, PhD, of Northwestern University.


MaitakeWe chose maitake for this month’s herb profile because cancer patients are increasingly using it as an immunostimulant. An edible mushroom, maitake is an important ingredient in Asian cuisine and is highly valued for its health promoting benefits by practitioners of traditional medicine.

The last two decades have seen a significant increase in dietary supplement use by cancer patients. Despite the proliferation of web sites that contain information about dietary supplements, finding a reliable source can be Tumericoverwhelming. The Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center developed and maintains a free web site, “About Herbs,” that provides objective and unbiased information about herbs, vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements, as well as unproven anti-cancer treatments.