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Patients, Care Partners and Patient Advocates

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If you are like us, you are searching for the answer to these questions:

  • What else can I do in addition to standard cancer treatments?

  • How can I manage side effects during and post treatment?
  • How can I improve my quality of life?
  • What does the science say about therapies such as acupuncture, mindfulness, yoga, and supplements?

We are excited to share our SIO space with you. Welcome to our Society, which leads the field of evidence-informed integrative oncology information and resources to help you on this journey.

SIO leadership consistently invites our voices into the society’s initiatives at every level. SIO respects our perspectives, which in turn help drive the goal of improving quality of life across the cancer care continuum. We are facilitating progress towards accessible, equitable and attainable integrative oncology care.

What is the SIO Patient Advocate Committee (PAC)?

  • Who are we? Cancer patients, survivors and thrivers of many cancer types and stages, care partners, advocates, nurses, wellness providers, researchers, writers
  • What is our mission? To construct and promote a strong and supportive community for patient advocates within SIO that educates, expands awareness and understanding of advocacy in integrative care, and allows for professional growth and partnership with multidisciplinary oncology providers who share SIO’s priorities.
  • What do we do? Influence equitable and inclusive health care policy, develop qualitative measurement, advise research design and implementation, provide the patient voice in clinical practice guidelines development, champion education on evidence-informed integrative oncology care, collaborate with other groups within SIO to plan conferences, create original, educational web-based content, supply current and relevant social media content and much more.

How can I get in touch with the PAC?

Email with “Attention PAC” in the subject line. We’ll respond to you promptly.

SASEP Training Modules

Survivors Advising Scientists Educational Program (SASEP)

SASEP is a collaborative project between cancer survivors and MD/PhD trainees at the University of Illinois Cancer Center (UIC). Kimberly Richardson, Co-Chair-Elect of the Patient Advocate Committee (PAC), leads this effort, and PAC members have been involved from the beginning.

This first set of modules is for anyone who wants to learn more about clinical research science. Short video modules include plain-language explanation of foundational principles of research, and the modules includes a before and after knowledge assessment. By the end of this training, viewers will be able to understand a scientific poster and ask relevant questions.

More research training modules are coming soon!

SASEP Modules:

Research for Wellness

Created by SIO member and cancer survivor, Cheryl Leving, this website contains evidence-based information for a healthy “new normal” after cancer diagnosis and treatment, along with a list of integrative cancer centers in the US and much more.

SIO does not provide individual patient referrals or treatment recommendations. Patients should always consult with their healthcare team about adding any evidence-informed integrative or complementary therapies to their care plan.