Conference Schedule At A Glance

Friday, October 16, 2020, 9:00am - 4:15pm ET

9:00am     9:50am Morning Wellness Session - Yoga SIG
10:00am 10:15am    Opening Welcome
10:20am 11:15am Keynote
11:15am 11:45am Sponsor Interaction | Break
11:45am 1:00pm Panel Discussion: Health Disparities in Integrative Oncology
1:00pm 2:00pm Networking Chat | Sponsor Interaction | Break
2:00pm 3:00pm Panel Discussion: Natural Health Products for Immune Support Amid COVID-19
3:05pm 4:15pm SIGs, Committee and Task Force "Round Tables"

 

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

9:00am     10:00am    Integrative Oncology Global Update Meeting
10:05am  10:20am State of SIO
10:20am 11:20am Panel Discussion: Integrative Oncology in COVID-19 
11:20am  11:50am Sponsor Interaction | Break
11:50am 12:50pm Concurrent Workshops*
12:50pm  1:15pm Networking Chat | Sponsor Interaction | Break
1:15pm  2:00pm Special Performance: Tony Redhouse, Navajo Nation
2:00pm  3:00pm Panel Discussion: COVID and Beyond: Coping with Stress - Lifestyle Issues
3:05pm 3:20pm Beyond COVID-19: Intro to 2021

 

*Concurrent Workshops, Saturday 11:50am - 12:50pm (see below for workshop descriptions)

  1. What Do I Do Now? Guiding Patients Toward Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  2. Diversity, Engagement, Access: AYAs and Integrative Therapies Across the Cancer Care Continuum
  3. Culture and Integrative Oncology: Helping People Around the World Live Well with Cancer

 

Conference Schedule Details

Friday, October 16, 2020, 9:00am - 4:15pm ET

START END SESSION PRESENTED BY
9:00am 9:50am Morning Wellness Yoga SIG
10:00am   10:15am   Opening Welcome Ting Bao, MD, SIO President
      Channing Paller, MD
      Linda Carlson, PhD, CPsych
 10:20am 11:15am Keynote Address Otis Brawley, MD
    Disparities in COVID-19 and Health Promotion Bloomberg Distinguished Professor 
      Johns Hopkins University 
11:15am 11:45am Sponsor Interaction | Break  
11:45am 1:00pm Panel Discussion Otis Brawley, MD
    Health Disparities in Integrative Oncology Ana Maria Lopez MD,MPH
    Moderated by Santosh Rao, MD Eleanor Walker, MD
      Desirée Walker, Patient Advocate
1:00pm 2:00pm Networking Chat | Sponsor Interaction | Break  
2:00pm 3:00pm Panel Discussion Gabriel Lopez, MD
    Natural Health Products for Immune Support Amid COVID-19 Tara Berman, MD 
    Moderated by Channing Paller, MD Eugene Ahn, MD
      Elizabeth Novy, Patient Advocate
3:05pm 4:15pm SIGs, Committee and Task Force "Round Tables" Breakout Sessions

 

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

START  END SESSION PRESENTED BY
 9:00am   10:00am   Integrative Oncology Global Update Meeting Eran Ben-Arye, MD (Israel) 
    Moderated by Jun Mao, MD, MSCE  Yufei Yang , MD (China) 
      Alejandro Salicrup, MD (USA) 
      Massimo Bonucci, MD  (Italy) 
      Ricardo Ghelman, MD (Brazil) 
10:05am  10:20am State of SIO SIO Executive Committee
    Moderated by Ting Bao, MD, President   
10:20am 11:20am Panel Discussion Lynda G. Balneaves,RN, PhD (Canada)
    Integrative Oncology in COVID-19 Gunver Kienle, MD (Germany)
    Moderated by Eran Ben-Arye, MD Shelley White,  MSW, LCSW, OSW-C (USA)
      Judith Lacey, MBBS, FRACGP, FAChPM (Australia)
11:20am 11:50am Sponsor Interaction | Break  
11:50am 12:50pm Concurrent Workshops**  
12:50pm 1:15pm Networking Chat | Sponsor Interaction | Break  
1:15pm 2:00pm Special Performance Tony Redhouse
      Navajo Nation
2:00pm 3:00pm Panel Discussion Jennifer Ligibel, MD
    COVID and beyond: Coping with stress - lifestyle issues Sheila N. Garland, PhD, R Psych, BA, MSc
    Moderated by Leigh Leibel, MSc, C-IAYT, ACSM-CET  Linda E. Carlson, PhD, CPsych
      Sandra Wood, Patient Advocate
3:05pm 3:20pm Beyond COVID-19: Intro to 2021 Linda E. Carlson, PhD, CPsych
      Channing Paller, MD
      Ting Bao, MD, DABMA

 

**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 anually 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, post-traumatic stress, and suicidal ideation. Participants in this workshop will learn how integrative therapies (yoga, meditation, acupuncture, exercise) can create holistic healing models to support AYA mental/physical health. The session will also address challenges of engagement, and offer innovative solutions 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 AYA cohort; learn to develop a sustainable integrative oncology survivorship program.


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 the keys to a sustainable survivorship program.

Workshop Presenters

Amelia Coffaro, BA, C-IAYT (Facilitator)
Yoga Therapist, AYA Survivor
Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital

Giselle Perez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School | Health Policy Research Center at the Mongan Institute

Payal Khincha,M.B.B.S., M.S.H.S.
Staff Clinician | Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics | Clinical Genetics Branch

Stella Snyder, MS, C-IAYT
Yoga Therapist, AYA Survivor
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Marsha D. Banks-Harold, BSEE, C-IAYT
Yoga Therapist
PIES Fitness Yoga Studio

 

 

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

This workshop is presented by E. Ben-Arye1J. Mao2,3M. Bonucci4T. Breitkreuz5J. Lacey6N. Samuels7R. Ghelman8
1Oncology, Clalit Health Services, Haifa/Israel, 2Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY/United States of America, 3Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY/United States of America, 4Association Research on Integrative Oncology Therapies, Rome/Italy, 5Die Filderklinik, Stuttgart/Germany, 6Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Sydney/Australia, 7Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem/Israel, 8Brazilian Academic Consortium for Integrative Health, São Paulo/Brazil