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Integrative Oncology

Supportive Care

Dance/Movement Therapy for Pediatric Oncology Patients and Their Caregivers

Karolina Bryl, PhD, DMT/DMP, CMA, RSMT/E and Suzi Tortora, EdD, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT  /  May 25, 2024

Guest Editor’s Note: Children with cancer and their caregivers face physical and psychosocial challenges during and after treatment. Dance/movement therapy has been used to improve well-being, promote healthy coping, and mitigate the impact of illness, but limited knowledge exists regarding its ...

Pain Management

Comparative Effectiveness of Acupuncture vs Massage for Relieving Pain in Patients With Advanced Cancer

Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE and Andrew S. Epstein, MD  /  April 25, 2024

  Pain, a debilitating consequence of cancer and its treatments, is highly prevalent among patients with advanced cancer.1 Often persistent and undertreated, it is associated with poor functional and emotional well-being and typically occurs along with insomnia and fatigue.2 The use of opioids, t...

Integrative Oncology

Integrative Approaches to Managing Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in Adults With Cancer

Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC  /  March 25, 2024

Guest Editor’s Note: Psychological distress is highly prevalent in cancer populations throughout the disease trajectory. Integrative modalities are being increasingly used for managing the associated symptoms. In this article, Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC, summarizes the latest joint guideline published...

Integrative Oncology

Exploring the Role of Intravenous Mistletoe Extract in Treating Metastatic Solid Tumors

Channing J. Paller, MD, and Alexandra Maertens, PhD  /  February 25, 2024

Guest Editor’s Note: The use of mistletoe extract to support systemic therapy and improve quality of life for patients with cancer, though common, remains controversial. Promising results have been reported, but largely in trials that were not placebo-controlled nor properly randomized. In this inst...

Supportive Care

Medical Cannabis: Patterns of Use Among Patients With Cancer

Nirupa Raghunathan, MD  /  January 25, 2024

Guest Editor’s Note: Cannabis products are rising in popularity and increasingly used for medical purposes. For appropriate counseling and guidance in an oncology setting, clinicians must understand current cannabis use patterns among patients with cancer. In this article, Nirupa Raghunathan, MD, su...

Integrative Oncology

Society for Integrative Oncology Celebrates 20 Years of Excellence

Linda E. Carlson, PhD, RPsych; Lynda G. Balneaves, RN, PhD; and Jodi MacLeod, BA  /  November 25, 2023

Guest Editor’s Note: The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) held its 20th international conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The conference focused on the theme “Integrative Oncology as Standard of Care: The Time Is Now.” The mood was festive, and the weather cooperated with warm temperatures, ...

Integrative Oncology

Understanding Patient Engagement in Virtual Mind-Body Therapies

Tony K.W. Hung, MD, MBA, MSCR  /  November 10, 2023

Guest Editor’s Note: Virtual platforms have grown increasingly popular for health- and wellness-promoting activities. But given patients’ unique backgrounds, capabilities, interests, and goals, promoting engagement represents a complex challenge both in the context of care delivery as well as resear...

Integrative Oncology

Psilocybin

Yen Nien (Jason) Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  October 10, 2023

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Yen Nien (Jason) Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on ...

There’s an App for That: Digital Health Solutions for Treating Insomnia in Cancer Survivors

Sheila N. Garland, PhD, R Psych, Samlau Kutana, BA, and Eric S. Zhou, PhD  /  September 10, 2023

Guest Editor’s Note: Insomnia is common in patients with cancer and cancer survivors, and it has significant negative consequences. Cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is an effective approach for managing insomnia but is not easily available to many patients. In this installment of The ...

Breast Cancer
Supportive Care

Targeting Depressive Symptoms in Younger Breast Cancer Survivors

Patricia A. Ganz, MD, FASCO, and Julienne E. Bower, PhD  /  July 10, 2023

Guest Editor’s Note: Psychological distress is highly prevalent in women diagnosed with premenopausal breast cancer and has a significant negative impact on their quality of life. Thus, effective strategies are urgently needed to reduce the symptom burden. In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Inte...

Integrative Oncology

Berberine

Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  July 25, 2023

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on the use of ber...

Integrative Oncology

Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbal Formula Suan Zao Ren Tang for Insomnia

Yen Nien (Jason) Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  June 25, 2023

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Yen Nien (Jason) Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on ...

Supportive Care

Addressing Racial Disparities in Cancer Pain Management: A Potential Role for Music Therapy

Kevin T. Liou, MD  /  June 10, 2023

Guest Editor’s Note: Despite its high prevalence, cancer pain remains undertreated. Racial disparities present further challenges to assessing and managing pain. Music therapy, a nonpharmacologic intervention, has been documented to be effective in controlling cancer pain. In this article, Kevin T. ...

Integrative Oncology

Personalized Mind-Body Medicine in Integrative Oncology

Kavita K. Mishra, MD, MPH  /  May 10, 2023

Guest Editor’s Note: Substantial evidence supports the value of practices that focus on the interactions among the mind, body, and behavior for promoting health and well-being. In this article, Kavita K. Mishra, MD, MPH, summarizes a clinical model for personalized mind-body medicine in cancer care ...

Integrative Oncology

Use of Low-Dose Naltrexone

Yen Nien (Jason) Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  March 25, 2023

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Yen Nien (Jason) Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus...

Integrative Oncology

Novel Herbal Oncology Program for Management of Cancer Symptoms at an NCI-Designated Cancer Center

Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, and Yen Nien (Jason) Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc  /  March 10, 2023

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, Guest Editor of the Integrative Oncology series, and Yen ...

Integrative Oncology
Symptom Management

Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: Health-Related Quality-of-Life Outcomes From a Randomized Clinical Trial

Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS  /  February 10, 2023

Guest Editor’s Note: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a common and potentially debilitating side effect of neurotoxic chemotherapy. It worsens the quality of life for many cancer survivors, with limited treatment options. In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology serie...

Prostate Cancer
Integrative Oncology

Determining the Role of Muscadine Grape Skin Extract in Treating Prostate Cancer

Nicholas I. Simon, MD, and Channing J. Paller, MD  /  January 25, 2023

Oxidative stress is a key factor in the development of many diseases including cancer. Antioxidants prevent cellular damage by neutralizing free radicals and are being investigated as potential therapeutic strategies against cancer. In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series,...

Integrative Oncology

Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbal Formula Shen Ling Bai Zhu San for Chronic Diarrhea

Yen Nien (Jason) Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  December 25, 2022

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Yen Nien (Jason) Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on ...

2022 Society for Integrative Oncology Annual International Conference

SANTOSH RAO, MD, ABOIM; DENISE MILLSTINE, MD; and LINDA E. CARLSON, PhD, RPsych  /  December 10, 2022

Guest Editor’s Note: In October, the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) held its 2022 Annual International Conference in a hybrid format (virtual and in Scottsdale, Arizona). It was centered on the basic science, education and training, and implementation of integrative oncology in diverse setti...

Pain Management

Integrative Approaches to Managing Pain in Patients With Cancer: SIO-ASCO Guideline

Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE and Eduardo Bruera, MD, FAAHPM  /  November 10, 2022

Pain is highly prevalent in people with cancer throughout the disease trajectory. Often persisting for years after initial diagnosis and undertreated, it is associated with poor functional, mental, and cancer-related outcomes.1 Consequently, the need for effective pain management strategies has ...

Integrative Oncology

Exercise Therapy Across the Cancer Care Continuum

Jessica M. Scott, PhD, and Neil M. Iyengar, MD  /  September 25, 2022

Guest Editor’s Note: Several studies have shown that regular physical activity helps to reduce the symptom burden and improve disease-related outcomes in patients with cancer. In this article, Jessica M. Scott, PhD, and Neil M. Iyengar, MD, summarize the current evidence surrounding exercise therapy...

Integrative Oncology

Dong Quai

Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  August 25, 2022

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on the herb dong quai...

Integrative Oncology

Affirming Health Equity: A Model for Integrative Health Care

Ana Maria López, MD, MPH, MACP, FRCP  /  July 25, 2022

Guest Editor’s Note: Despite the increasing use of complementary modalities that include mind-body therapies and natural products, significant disparities exist in integrative health care. Contributing factors include access to care and affordability. In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Integrati...

Integrative Oncology

Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbal Formula Ma Zi Ren Wan for Constipation

Eugenie Spiguel, MSN, ANP-BS, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  June 10, 2022

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Eugenie Spiguel, MSN, ANP-BS, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on Ma Zi Ren Wan...

Integrative Oncology

Music Interventions for Improving Psychological and Physical Symptoms in People With Cancer

Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC  /  May 10, 2022

Guest Editor’s Note: Cancer and its treatments are associated with both physical and psychological symptoms that can have substantial impact on patients’ quality of life. Music therapy is a complementary modality that is being increasingly used for cancer symptom management. In this article, Joke Br...

Integrative Oncology

Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbal Formula Xiao Yao San to Relieve Depression and Anxiety

Yen Nien (Jason) Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  April 10, 2022

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Yen Nien (Jason) Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on ...

Pain Management

Massage for Pain Management in the Cancer Population

Colleen M. Smith, LMT; Jane S. Greene, RN, LMT; and Eva Pendleton, MA, LMT  /  March 10, 2022

Guest Editor’s Note: Pain is a debilitating symptom experienced by many patients with cancer that negatively impacts their quality of life. Massage therapy, historically used for relaxation and pain relief, plays an important supportive role in oncology settings. In this installment of The ASCO Post...

Integrative Oncology

Mindfulness in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients With Cancer

Nirupa Raghunathan, MD, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  February 10, 2022

Guest Editor’s Note: Mindfulness has gained immense popularity in recent years. Growing evidence suggests the benefits of mindfulness-based practices, which include concentration meditation and guided imagery, for managing symptoms associated with cancer and its treatments. In this article, Niru...

Integrative Oncology

Shiitake Mushroom

Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  November 25, 2021

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on shiitake mushroom ...

Integrative Oncology

Acupuncture vs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Cognitive Function in Cancer Survivors With Insomnia

Kevin T. Liou, MD  /  October 25, 2021

Guest Editor’s Note: Cancer-related cognitive difficulties, experienced by many cancer survivors, include perceived or objective deficits in memory, attention, and concentration, which can negatively impact quality of life. Given the important role that healthful sleep plays in cognitive processes, ...

Integrative Oncology

Kombucha

Yen Nien Hou, PharmD, DipIOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  September 25, 2021

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Yen Nien Hou, PharmD, DipIOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on kombucha...

Integrative Oncology

Music Therapy for Cancer-Related Fatigue

Kevin Liou, MD, and Karen Popkin, LCAT, MT-BC, HPMT  /  September 10, 2021

Guest Editor’s Note: Despite the high prevalence of cancer-related fatigue, there are few effective management strategies for this debilitating condition. Music therapy is a nonpharmacologic modality that has been shown to reduce anxiety in oncology settings. In this installment of The ASCO Post’s I...

Integrative Oncology

Gut Microbiome and Cancer

Ying Taur, MD, MPH  /  August 25, 2021

In recent years, the gut microbiome has garnered considerable attention as a scientific field, with far-reaching potential for clinical good. The trillions of microorganisms that inhabit the digestive tract form an incredibly complex community, which participates in countless interactions with its h...

Integrative Oncology

American Ginseng

Eugenie Spiguel, MSN, ANP-BC, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  July 25, 2021

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Eugenie Spiguel, MSN, ANP-BC, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on American gins...

Integrative Oncology

Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Launches Redesigned Culinary Website for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD  /  June 10, 2021

Guest Editor’s Note: Healthful nutrition plays an important role throughout the cancer continuum. Given the proliferation of online dietary resources, there is a clear need for reliable information. In this article, Dr. Heather Greenlee describes the website Cook for Your Life, launched in collabora...

Integrative Oncology

Cannabis

Nirupa Raghunathan, MD, Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  May 10, 2021

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this article, Nirupa Raghunathan, MD, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on the increasing use ...

Integrative Oncology

Yoga in Oncologic Care: An Evidence-Based Treatment to Improve Outcomes

Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, and Santosshi Narayanan, MD  /  April 10, 2021

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. Increasingly, patients with cancer desire nonpharmacologic strategies for managing their symptom...

Integrative Oncology

International Perspectives on Integrative Medicine for Cancer Prevention and Management

Alejandro Salicrup  /  March 25, 2021

Guest Editor’s Note: Although many cancer centers recognize the value of integrative therapies in oncologic care, cancer prevention, its treatment, and survivorship care continue to pose a challenge in many low- and middle-income countries. In this article, Alejandro Salicrup, PhD, highlights the pr...

Integrative Oncology

Kratom

YEN NIEN HOU, PharmD, DipIOM, LAc, AND JYOTHIRMAI GUBILI, MS  /  March 10, 2021

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Yen Nien Hou, PharmD, DipIOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on krat...

COVID-19
Integrative Oncology

COVID-19 and Integrative Oncology: Meeting the Global Challenges of Health Equity

Linda E. Carlson, PhD, RPsych, and Channing Paller, MD  /  January 25, 2021

Guest Editor’s Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) held its 2020 international conference in a virtual format. It focused on key issues of health disparities in integrative cancer care, innovative integrative oncology service delivery models, and globalizat...

Supportive Care
Integrative Oncology
COVID-19

Virtual Mind-Body Services for Patients With Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  November 25, 2020

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on the role of virtual i...

Supportive Care

Using Meaning-Centered Interventions to Address Suffering on the Cancer Journey

Wendy G. Lichtenthal, PhD, FT  /  November 10, 2020

A large body of research has shed light on how the cancer experience and related losses often leave patients and their families struggling to find a sense of meaning in their lives.1-7 The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified these difficulties, as meaningful activities and experiences have been compro...

Integrative Oncology

Astragalus

Yen Nien Hou, PharmD, DipIOM, LAc and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  October 10, 2020

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Yen Nien Hou, PharmD, DipIOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on the ...

Integrative Oncology

A Brief Primer on Managing Anxiety in Older Adults With Cancer

Kelly M. Trevino, PhD, Rebecca M. Saracino, PhD, and Andrew J. Roth, MD  /  August 10, 2020

Cancer-related anxiety has negative impacts on emotional, physical, and social well-being, with data indicating older patients are likely to remain undiagnosed, leading to poor outcomes. In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series, Drs. Trevino, Saracino, and Roth highlight th...

Integrative Oncology

Acupuncture vs Sham Procedure and Usual Care for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS  /  September 10, 2020

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a debilitating and enduring adverse effect of many antineoplastic agents, which negatively impacts the quality of life of patients with cancer and survivors. Current pharmacotherapy has limited efficacy and causes undesirable effects. In this installment...

Integrative Oncology

Ashwagandha

Gary Deng, MD, PhD, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  August 25, 2020

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Gary Deng, MD, PhD, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, present updated information on...

Integrative Oncology

Elderberry

Yen Nien Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS  /  July 10, 2020

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. In this installment, Yen Nien Hou, PharmD, DiplOM, LAc, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, focus on elde...

Integrative Oncology

Integrating Physical Activity Into Cancer Care

Justin Brown, PhD  /  June 25, 2020

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. Accumulating evidence suggests the benefits of physical activity through the cancer continuum. Howev...

Integrative Oncology

Sleeping Well After Cancer: Patient-Centered Research for Treatment of Insomnia

Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, and Christina Seluzicki, MBE  /  May 25, 2020

Insomnia is a persistent sleep disorder that affects nearly 60% of people with cancer, diminishing their quality of life.1,2 Chronic insomnia disorder is defined by trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking too early three times per week for 3 months or more.3 Standard care comprises pharmac...

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