Friday, October 16, 2020, 9:00am - 4:15pm ET (all times Eastern)

9:00am - 9:50am        Morning Wellness, presented by Yoga SIG 

10:00am - 10:15am    Opening Welcome - Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS, SIO President | Channing Paller, MD | Linda Carlson, PhD, CPsych 

10:20am - 11:15am    Keynote AddressDisparities in COVID-19 and Health Promotion

Introduction by Channing Paller, MD
Keynote Speaker: Otis Brawley, MD, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University

11:15am - 11:45am    Networking Chat | Sponsor Interaction | Break 

11:45am - 1:00pm      Panel DiscussionHealth Disparities in Integrative Oncology - Moderated by Santosh Rao, MD

Panelists: Otis Brawley, MD | Ana Maria Lopez MD,MPH | Eleanor Walker, MD | Desirée Walker, Patient Advocate

1:00pm - 2:00pm        Networking Chat | Sponsor Interaction | Break

2:00pm - 3:00pm        Panel DiscussionNatural Health Products for Immune Support Amid COVID-19 - Moderated by Channing Paller, MD

Panelists: Gabriel Lopez, MD | Tara Berman, MD | Eugene Ahn, MD | Elizabeth Novy, Patient Advocate

3:05pm - 4:15pm        SIGs, Committee and Task Force "Round Tables" - Introduction by Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS

SIGs, Committees and Task Force Highlights - Lynda Balneaves, RN, PhD

Round Tables

                • Virtual Care: Host Eran Ben-Arye, MD
                • Acupuncture SIG: Host Jennifer A. M. Stone, MSOM, LAc
                • Pediatrics SIG: Nirupa J. Raghunathan, MD
                • Yoga SIG: Host Leigh Leibel, MSc
                • Research Committee: Host Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS
                • Patient Advocate Committee: Host Betsy Glosik
                • Communications Committee: Host Linda E. Carlson, PhD, RPsych

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 9:00am - 3:20pm ET  

9:00am - 10:00am       Integrative Oncology Global Update Meeting - Moderated by Jun Mao, MD, MSCE

Panelists: Eran Ben-Arye, MD (Israel) | Yufei Yang , MD (China) | Alejandro Salicrup, MD (USA) | Massimo Bonucci, MD  (Italy) | Ricardo Ghelman, MD (Brazil)

10:05am - 10:20am     State of SIO - Presented by SIO Executive Committee, Moderated by Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS, President   

10:20am - 11:20am     Panel DiscussionIntegrative Oncology in COVID-19

Moderated by Eran Ben-Arye, MD

Panelists: Lynda G. Balneaves,RN, PhD (Canada) | Gunver Kienle, MD (Germany) | Shelley White,  MSW, LCSW, OSW-C (USA) | Judith Lacey, MBBS, FRACGP, FAChPM (Australia)

11:20am - 11:50am     Networking Chat | Sponsor Interaction | Break 

11:50am - 12:50pm     Concurrent Workshops - See below for workshop descriptions 

12:50pm - 1:10pm       Networking Chat | Sponsor Interaction | Break 

1:10pm - 1:55pm         Special Performance: Love is the Heartbeat that Heals: Mind, Body & Soul

Tony Redhouse, Navajo Nation Recording Artist, Spiritual Healer

2:00pm - 3:00pm         Panel Discussion: COVID and Beyond: Coping with Stress - Lifestyle Issues 

Moderated by Leigh Leibel, MSc, C-IAYT, ACSM-CET

Panelists: Jennifer Ligibel, MD | Sheila N. Garland, PhD, R Psych, BA, MSc | Linda E. Carlson, PhD, CPsych | Sandra Wood, Patient Advocate

3:05pm - 3:20pm         Beyond COVID-19: Intro to 2021

Presented by Linda E. Carlson, PhD, CPsych | Channing Paller, MD | Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS


Concurrent Workshops, Saturday 11:50am - 12:50pm

Workshop 1: What Do I Do Now? Guiding Patients Toward Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Oncology healthcare providers often lack the time, information and resources to address patients’ questions about lifestyle changes. Providers may be concerned that addressing lifestyle changes can create a sense of inadequacy, blame or overload for their patients. We describe the benefits of having these sensitive discussions, present tools for guiding patients about lifestyle choices and provide resources for cancer patients interested in risk reduction.

Topics and Motivation

Oncology care providers need support guiding patients regarding lifestyle factors that affect cancer outcomes, including cancer progression, quality of life, risk of recurrence and general resilience. This workshop introduces methods, tools and resources that meet the need to:

1. Promote well-being, resilience and a cancer-resistant body terrain; 

2. Improve cancer outcomes;

3. Create open, sensitive conversations about lifestyle;

4. Empower and support patients in adopting lifestyle changes;

5. Use in-office, community, and virtual tools and resources to inform and support patient choices.


Goals and Expected Results

Participants will:

1. Feel more comfortable and confident discussing with patients the role of healthy lifestyle practices in optimizing body terrain, maximizing well-being and decreasing the odds of cancer recurrence.

2. Share their own best practices, experiences and concerns with other attendees.

3. Refer patients to trustworthy resources for evidence-based information regarding lifestyle changes that can impact cancer outcomes.

4. Consider possible ways to reinforce and support patients in making lifestyle changes.

Workshop Hosts

Laura Pole, Patient Advocate Committee member and Senior Researcher for Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies integrative cancer care information site

Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Meg Hirshberg, cancer survivor, and Nancy Kane, MS, RN, co-founders of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program (ACLP)


Workshop 2: Diversity, Engagement, Access: AYAs and Integrative Therapies Across the Cancer Care Continuum

Adolescent and Young Adults (AYAs) are a special population of cancer patients. Defined by the National Institutes of Health as individuals between the age of 15 - 39, AYAs make up five percent of cancers (70,000) diagnosed annually in the US. While overall survival rates continue to improve in this population, AYAs continue to face a number of unique challenges in health disparities (race, ethnicity, gender, economics) and quality of life (peer support, social isolation, finances, career interruption, sexuality, fertility) that may negatively impact disease outcome, survival rates, and ability to cope with distressing side effects of cancer. As a result, 56% of AYAs describe access to adequate mental health resources as a priority, unmet need to manage cancer related morbidities such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. Participants in this workshop will learn how integrative therapies can create holistic healing models to support AYA mental/physical health. The session will also address challenges of engagement, and offer innovative ideas to create accessible, diverse, and inclusive programs that meet the individual and unique needs of AYAs, and improve health and QOL across the continuum.

Topics and Motivation

Understand how integrative therapies address the unique biopsychosocial challenges of the diverse AYA community. You’ll leave with tools and ideas for developing sustainable integrative oncology programs.

Goals and Expected Results | Attendees will:

    1. Describe the unique challenges of the AYA population.
    2. Understand/demonstrate integrative therapies that support AYAs in mind, body, spirit.
    3. Identify key ideas for sustainable AYA survivorship programs.

Workshop Presenters

Amelia Coffaro, BA, C-IAYT (Facilitator)
Yoga Therapist
AYA Survivor
Yoga SIG Committee Member, Society for Integrative Oncology
Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital

Marsha D. Banks-Harold, BSEE, C-IAYT, TCTSY-F, Black Girl Yoga (BGY) Ambassador
Creator, My Body Don’t Bend That Way Yoga
Director, PIES Fitness Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapy Training Programs
Chair, SIO Yoga SIG’s Subcommittee on Diversity in Yoga Therapy and Cancer Care”

Dr. Payal Khincha, MBBS, MSHS
Principal Investigator, Li Fraumeni Syndrome Study
Physician-Scientist Early Investigator
Clinical Genetic Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics
National Cancer Institute, NIH

Dr Giselle Perez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Senior Scientist, Health Policy Research Center at the Mongan Institute
Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Research within Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Survivorship Program
Clinical Health Psychologist, MGH Behavioral Medicine Service

Stella Snyder, MS, C-IAYT
Yoga Therapist
AYA Survivor
Yoga SIG Committee Member, Society for Integrative Oncology
MD Anderson Cancer Center


Workshop 3: Culture and Integrative Oncology: Helping People Around the World Live Well with Cancer

This workshop will present a culturally-sensitive approach to integrative oncology (IO) practitioners worldwide, providing skills to be incorporated during consultation with patients undergoing active cancer and palliative treatments. Participants are expected to identify cross-cultural keywords related to traditional herbal medicine use during the integrative oncology consultation, and to develop cross-cultural communication skills which will facilitate the implementation of the IO treatment plan. 

Topics and Motivation

The workshop will create a bridge for communication with patients, using skills promoting a cross-cultural perspective on the use of traditional and herbal medicine (THM). The safety and effectiveness of these therapies in improving patients’ quality of life will be addressed, as will their ability to facilitate adherence to conventional cancer treatments and the potential for negative effects. The multi-cultural team of workshop moderators are members of an international SIO networking process, connecting IO centers across the globe.

Goals and Expected Results

The workshop will provide IO researchers and clinicians with a culturally-sensitive approach in assessing patients’ motives and expectations from THM; teach them how to co-establish a feasible IO treatment plan, with realistic goals; and help tailor the treatment program to both research-based and cross-cultural aspects of cancer care.

Workshop Presenters

Eran Ben-Arye, MD, Clalit Health Services, Haifa/Israel
Thomas Breitkreuz, MD, Die Filderklinik, Stuttgart/Germany
Judith Lacey, MBBS, FRACGP, FAChPM (FRACP),  Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Sydney/Australia 
Ricardo Ghelman, MD, PhD, Brazilian Academic Consortium for Integrative Health, São Paulo/Brazil
Noah Samuels, MD, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem/Israel
Massimo Bonucci, MD, Association Research on Integrative Oncology Therapies, Rome/Italy
Catherine Zollman, MRCP, MRCGP, Medical Director, Penny Brohn UK
Jun Mao, MD, MSCE, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY/United States of America