International Health Experts to Discuss Latest in Integrative Oncology Research, Person-Centered Care at Nov. 12-14 Conference in Chicago

Healthcare professionals, patients and advocates from around the globe will convene at the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) 14th International Conference, to be held November 12-14, 2017 in Chicago, IL, to discuss the latest in evidence-based research and practice in person-centered integrative cancer care. This multi-disciplinary forum includes physicians, scientists, researchers, nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, naturopaths, acupuncturists and other complementary care practitioners.

“This year’s conference will focus on the theme of Person-Centered Care in Integrative Oncology, bringing together clinicians, researchers, patients and advocates in integrative cancer care from all over the world to present and hear about advances made in the field, build collaborations and to learn from each other,” said SIO President Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE. “The sessions will highlight the collaborative and multi-disciplinary nature of care involving healthcare professionals and the patient.” The conference is presented in cooperation with Northwestern University Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Integrative oncology approaches help prevent cancer, facilitate cancer treatment, and recovery and aid in its control through use of diet and complementary therapeutic options, including physical activity, nutritional supplementation, botanical products, mind-body therapies, acupuncture, massage therapy and more. The options are strategically integrated within conventional medical care models, which often include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and targeted agents informed by genomic and molecular diagnostics.

Today a significant portion of cancer patients use some type of integrative or complementary therapeutic approaches throughout their cancer journey. In addition to conventional therapies, they want to learn about and utilize an integrative approach to personalized comprehensive care. Integrative oncology interventions have been shown to decrease some of the side effects of traditional cancer treatment, allowing many patients to tolerate their full, prescriptive course, thereby improving clinical outcomes and quality of life. Many health consumers also incorporate lifestyle medicine…

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