Over 300 physicians, researchers, nurses, integrative medicine practitioners, patient advocates and patients from 16 countries convened at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, BC, Canada from October 20 to 22 at the 10th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology to examine the growing evidence base on the use of integrative therapies for cancer prevention and control. The 10th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology was presented in association with the University of British Columbia School of Medicine Department of Continuing Medical Education and the UBC School of Nursing. Conference presentations included topics on physical activity; cancer prevention and survivorship; cannabis in the treatment and management of cancer and related side effects; chemoprevention through natural health products and advances in nutrition therapy; and much more.

Kucuk OmerOmer Kucuk, MD, Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology and Medical Oncologist at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, GA, was elected to the SIO Board of Trustees in October 2013. A board certified and practicing medical oncologist, he is recognized for his pioneering research on nutrition and cancer therapy.

A graduate of Hacettepe University Medical School in Ankara, Turkey, Dr. Kucuk conducted his residency and fellowship at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, and a hematology and oncology fellowship at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

 

SIO President, Dr. Heather Greenlee discusses the landscape of integrative oncology resesarch, including what she envisions is needed for widespread adoption of evidence-based integrative programs.

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The February 19, 2015 issue of Nature Reviews Cancer has published the Society for Integrative Oncology's (SIO) response to the perspectives on oncology authored by David Gorski, MD, "Integrative Oncology: Really the Best of Both Worlds?" which appeared in the September 18, 2014 issue. The SIO response, Integrative Oncology – Strong Science Is Needed for Better Patient Care1, was led by Immediate Past President Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, and co-authored by President Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH, and Past Presidents David Rosenthal, MD, Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Barrie Cassileth, PhD and Debu Tripathy, MD.