Integrative Oncology News
Report Card on Complementary Therapies for Breast Cancer
November 7, 2014 — Over eighty percent of breast cancer patients in the United States use complementary therapies following a breast cancer diagnosis, but there has been little science-based guidance to inform clinicians and patients about their safety and effectiveness. In newly published guidelines from the Society for Integrative Oncology, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center with colleagues at MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Michigan, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and other institutions in the U.S. and Canada, analyzed which integrative treatments appear to be most effective and safe for patients. They evaluated more than 80 different therapies.
JNCI and SIO Partner to Bring Focus on the Role of Integrative Oncology for Cancer Survivorship at International Conference
More than ever, cancer survivors seek evidence-based information in order to incorporate integrative medicine into conventional cancer care to help improve their outcomes in terms of controlling disease and improving aspects of quality of life in the areas of mind, body and spirit.
To learn more about the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO), read our organization profile and review information about our leadership, committees, and task forces.
Profile of SIO
Mission: The mission of the Society for Integrative Oncology is to advance evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative healthcare to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
History and focus: The Society for Integrative Oncology was established in 2003 to bring together health care professionals and patient advocates involved in integrative oncology through a multi-disciplinary approach to advancing evidence-based care. As founding President Barrie Cassileth, PhD, stated, "The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) was created to provide a forum for oncology professionals, a leadership base for the highest quality scientific investigation, and an opportunity for the dissemination of data. Shortly after its founding, the SIO sponsored the first International Conference on Integrative Oncology in 2004. The Conference drew hundreds of oncology professionals from 24 countries to hear peer-reviewed, selected abstracts on the science of herbs, antioxidants, exercise, touch therapies, music and mind-body interventions, the application and mechanisms of acupuncture treatment, and more."
Organization: SIO is a 501(c)(3) private, not-for-profit corporation.
Leadership: Includes an executive committee and a board of trustees. Read more
Decision and policymaking bodies: The Board of Trustees is the decision- and policy-making body. The Executive Committee, composed of the officers, is authorized to act and speak for the Society for Integrative Oncology, consistent with previous actions of the Board, when the Board is not in session. Read more
Committees and task forces: The Society maintains committees and task forces devoted to particular areas of practice and organizational matters – Clinical Practice, Research, Education, Patient Advocacy, Scientific Planning, Communications, Education, and Finance. These entities develop professional development publications, programs, and other resources in integrative oncology within their field focus. Read more
Among programs and resources:
• SIO presents an annual international conference held each autumn. Multidisciplinary oncology practitioners from around the globe, including stakeholders from major cancer centers, convene to discuss the evolution of evidence-based integrative oncology in practice, the steadily growing science base, and its continued rise in use as patients demand a whole-person approach to cancer care with mind, body, and spirit. Read more
• SIO has published a series of guidelines relating to integrative oncology and use of integrative oncology in specific areas, such as lung cancer and breast cancer. Read more
14th International Conference in Chicago, IL November 11-13, 2017. Read more
13th International Conference in Miami, FL November 5-7, 2016. Press release is located here.
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