The 10th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology presents exceptional opportunities for delegates to learn about new findings from several scientific disciplines, learn about the latest advancements made in the field, present their work, build collaborations, and learn from each other—all of which have the potential to transform cancer care internationally.
This year’s conference theme, Translational Science in Integrative Oncology: From Bedside, to Bench, to Best Practices, promotes not only the development of an evidence base for those complementary therapies and practices currently being used in integrative oncology, but the rapid translation of that evidence into standard care and best practice guidelines.Multidisciplinary oncology practitioners from around the globe, including stakeholders from virtually every major cancer center in the US and Canada, will convene to discuss the translation and evolution of evidence-based integrative oncology in practice, the steadily growing science base, and its continued rise in popularity as patients demand a whole person approach to cancer care that addresses the mind, body and spirit.
The conference program includes a variety of presentation formats, including keynotes, plenary sessions, moderated panels, multidisciplinary tumor boards, experiential workshops, and oral and poster presentations. This year, we will be adding a moderated debate on the controversial topic of the role of cannabis in the treatment and management of cancer and related side effects, led by Dr. Donald Abrams from the University of California San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. A free public lecture is also planned for the evening of October 19th at the historic St. Andrew-Wesley United Church in downtown Vancouver. This public event, profiling current SIO President, Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, will not only share the vision of SIO with SIO conference delegates and the general public, but also take advantage of the fact that the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) are also hosting their national meeting at the same time. This public lecture will also draw on Dr. Bauer-Wu’s expertise in the area of mind-body medicine and offer the audience a chance to participate in a guided meditation. There will be other informal times for gathering including the Sunday night poster session and reception and the Monday night awards banquet.
Who should attend?
The target audience for the 10th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology includes all oncology and medical professionals — both integrative and conventionally trained — who want to be on the cutting-edge of personalized and proactive care. We invite professionals with a desire to offer the highest quality of cancer care. This includes physicians, scientists and researchers, oncology nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, naturopaths, acupuncturists, massage therapists, mind-body therapists and other complementary therapy practitioners. We welcome participation by patients, advocates, employers and health care administrators.