SIO Past President Donald Abrams, MD is featured in the Summer 2013 edition of proto, an online publication of Massachusetts General Hospital. The article, written by Adam Baer and entitled “Donald Abrams: The Integrative Oncologist,” is an interview in which Dr. Abrams discusses, among other subjects, how integrative medicine differs from “alternative” medicine. Read the article here.
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Mentor Books has kindly put together a collection of Integrative Oncology books written by presenters at the Ninth International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology. Click here to open a new window on Mentor Books' website. The selection of books is done by Mentor Books' staff and does not imply an endorsement or recommendation of the Society.
The Osher clinic, opened in 2002 and housed in a handful of cramped locations, opened in January in a gleaming new $37 million building with five floors and 48,000 square feet dedicated to research, education and clinical care.
The Osher Center, part of the Mount Zion campus on Divisadero Street and named after philanthropist Bernard Osher, offers physicians trained in integrative medicine, as well as specialists in traditional Chinese medicine, biofeedback, guided imagery, therapeutic massage and ayurveda consultation. There are a range of public programs and lectures, including how to prepare for surgery and how to be mindful in childbirth and parenting. Some of the group classes include tai chi, laughter yoga and meditation.
Dr. Donald I. Abrams,SIO's 2010 President was among many medical professional quoted in the article.
"I focus on things including nutrition," he said. "I co-manage my patients with a traditional Chinese medicine person. I'm big into medicinal mushrooms. I talk with patients about supplements. So often, cancer is about losing control. It's given to the person doing your chemo, and your radiation. My job is to re-empower my patients, to give them things they can control."
Abrams added, "You know how I end all of my appointments with patients? I ask them: 'So what brings you joy? What are your hopes? Where does your strength come from?' Then we come up with a recipe to continue to obtain that joy."
Read more at SFGate.
From Center of Disease Control (CDC)
The number of cancer survivors in the United States increased to 11.7 million in 2007, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. There were 3 million cancer survivors in 1971 and 9.8 million in 2001.
A cancer survivor is defined as anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the balance of his or her life.
The study, "Cancer Survivors in the United States, 2007," is published today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
"It's good news that so many are surviving cancer and leading long, productive, and healthy lives," said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. "Preventing cancer and detecting it early remain critically important as some cancers can be prevented or detected early enough to be effectively treated. Not smoking, getting regular physical activity, eating healthy foods, and limiting alcohol use can reduce the risk of many cancers."
For more coverage read the CDC Release or follow on articles in the New York Times on the implications of more people surviving for longer periods of time and the implication on healthy lifestyle post cancer diagnosis.