Cancer Care Symposium
Friday, August 8, 2014, 5–8:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Monterey, Monterey, California
Symposium and dinner: $25
Integrative Oncology: Melding Science and Art
What’s in a name? A lot, when it comes to integrative medicine. Some people equate it with a new-age or novel approach.
Others use it interchangeably with “alternative” medicine. In fact, it’s not new and it’s essentially the opposite of alternative, which means instead of. Integrative medicine, including integrative oncology, is about relationships, about bringing together parts into a whole.
The consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine defines it as “the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.”
Integrative oncology has been practiced for years, as physicians treat patients with cancer, not just cancer, integrating evidence-based and evidence-informed complementary therapies with conventional medicine. With the growing acceptance, adoption, and proliferation of integrative medicine clinics, it’s important for all physicians to become well-informed about complementary therapies and their appropriate uses.
This symposium is intended for primary care and specialty
physicians, dietitians, nurses, allied healthcare, and practitioners with an interest in exploring integrative medicine recommendations for management of cancer symptoms.
After completing this symposium, participants will be able to:
- Examine scientific and clinically relevant applications for the most commonly utilized and researched modalities in integrative and complementary medicine in patient care
- Evaluate the benefits and risks of nutrition, dietary supplements, cannibus, and mind-body practices, supplementing conventional cancer treatments, to improve outcomes for cancer patients
- Incorporate communication methods and coordinated care into clinical practice to improve patient care
Statement of need. Some 38 percent of adults in the United States employ some form of complementary medicine and at least $33 billion is spent out-of-pocket on integrative medicine practitioners and products. Patients increasingly call on physicians and other healthcare professionals for advice on integrative medicine treatments. Given emerging evidence in the field, it is essential for these professionals to understand the latest information on the range and value of incorporating integrative medicine into clinical practice. To provide optimal care for cancer patients, these therapies need to be validated through the same rigorous methodology applied to traditional medicine. In this symposium, Dr. Donald Abrams, director of the UCSF Osher Center Integrative Oncology Research Program, will provide the scientific, evidence-based data to prepare the practitioners to advise their patients with cancer about practical strategies for incorporating integrative medicine therapies.