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Integrative Oncology

Kombucha

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...

Integrative Oncology

Music Therapy for Cancer-Related Fatigue

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...

Integrative Oncology

Gut Microbiome and Cancer

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...

Integrative Oncology

American Ginseng

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...

Breast Cancer
Integrative Oncology

Use of Integrative Medicine by Patients With Breast Cancer

Nearly three-quarters of patients with breast cancer (73%) reported using at least one type of complementary medicine after cancer diagnosis, while surveyed oncologists believed that less than half (43%) of patients were using these approaches during cancer care. These and other findings from a...

Integrative Oncology

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

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...

Integrative Oncology

Cannabis

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
Cost of Care

Clinician Recommendations May Pique Patients’ Interest in Complementary and Integrative Therapies

Patients with cancer expressed more interest in complementary and integrative medicine services when these services were recommended by an oncologist or other medical professional or were provided for free in a clinical trial, according to a survey reported in JCO Oncology Practice.1 The survey...

Integrative Oncology
Cost of Care

How Interested Are Patients in Integrative Therapies, and How Much Are They Willing to Pay for Them?

The top two barriers to accessing complementary and integrative therapies, according to a survey of 576 patients with cancer and caregivers, were cost, cited by 56%, and a lack of knowledge about the therapies, cited by 52.1%. “Other barriers included a lack of time (29.2%), location of the...

Integrative Oncology

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

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...

Integrative Oncology
Pain Management
Survivorship

Electroacupuncture and Auricular Acupuncture vs Usual Care for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in Cancer Survivors

In the PEACE study, reported in JAMA Oncology, Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, and colleagues found that both electroacupuncture and auricular acupuncture significantly reduced pain severity vs usual care in cancer survivors with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Noninferiority of auricular acupuncture to...

Integrative Oncology

International Perspectives on Integrative Medicine for Cancer Prevention and Management

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...

Integrative Oncology

Kratom

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...

Integrative Oncology

Familiarity With Complementary and Integrative Therapies Among Patients With Cancer and Caregivers

In a single-institution study reported in JCO Oncology Practice, Larbi et al found that a high proportion of patients with cancer and their caregivers were unfamiliar with available complementary and integrative medicine services. The primary barriers to accessing complementary and integrative...

COVID-19
Integrative Oncology

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

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...

Supportive Care
Integrative Oncology
COVID-19

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

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...

Integrative Oncology

Closing the Gap in Integrative Oncology Education

Launched in 2018 at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, the Integrative Oncology Scholars Program has trained 50 oncology professionals in evidence-based complementary therapies in the treatment of patients with cancer. Another 50 trainees are expected to complete the program by ...

Integrative Oncology

Astragalus

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

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

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...

Integrative Oncology

Ashwagandha

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

A Brief Primer on Managing Anxiety in Older Adults With Cancer

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...

Integrative Oncology

Elderberry

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...

Integrative Oncology

Integrating Physical Activity Into Cancer Care

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....

Integrative Oncology

AIDS Research Led to Appreciation of the Power of Plants and Integrative Medicine in Cancer Care for Donald I. Abrams, MD

The path that led Donald I. Abrams, MD, to a career in oncology was a circuitous one. Although his love of science began when he was a student at Cleveland Heights High School in Ohio, and continued during college at Brown University, where he received an AB in molecular biology in 1972, he was...

Integrative Oncology
Symptom Management
Pain Management

Highlights From Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research and Implications for Clinical Practice

Due to COVID-19, this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting was convened using a virtual format. It was multidisciplinary, featuring more than 250 oral and 2,500 poster presentations from around the world in 24 disease-based and specialty tracks. Among the exciting talks in the session on symptoms and...

Integrative Oncology

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

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...

Integrative Oncology

Yoga for Pediatric and Adolescent Patients With Cancer

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. Despite significant improvements reported in survival rates, symptom management in pediatric...

Integrative Oncology

Budwig Diet

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 Budwig...

Integrative Oncology
COVID-19

Mind-Body Therapies for Relieving Anxiety and Stress in Patients With Cancer During COVID-19 Pandemic

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has dramatically disrupted societal life within a very short time. Patients with cancer in particular can be affected by delays in routine medical care in addition to experiencing heightened anxiety and stress associated with the threat...

Integrative Oncology
COVID-19

Online Mind-Body Resources for Oncologists and Health-Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 continues to have a dramatic impact around the world, disrupting social lives and the delivery of oncologic treatments to patients with cancer. Even under “normal” circumstances, health-care professionals, including those in oncology, are prone to occupational stress....

Integrative Oncology

Active Hexose Correlated Compound

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, focus on active hexose...

prostate cancer
symptom management
integrative oncology

Karim Fizazi, MD, PhD, on Prostate Cancer: Pain and Quality of Life in Patients Receiving Cabazitaxel vs Abiraterone or Enzalutamide

Karim Fizazi, MD, PhD, of the Institut Gustave Roussy, discusses results from the CARD study, which showed that cabazitaxel improved pain, time to pain progression, and symptomatic skeletal events, as well as quality of life in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. The findings support the use of this agent as a standard of care (Abstract 16).

Supportive Care
Integrative Oncology

Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy and Cancer-Related Psychiatric Distress

In a study published by Agin-Liebes et al in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, researchers found that psychotherapy involving psilocybin—the active ingredient in “magic” or “psychedelic” mushrooms—may aid in long-term relief from cancer-related psychiatric distress. Study Background and Design An ...

Integrative Oncology

Society for Integrative Oncology’s 16th International Conference

The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) hosted its 16th International Conference in New York City, October 19-21, 2019, in partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). The conference theme, “Advancing the Science and Art of Integrative Oncology,” focused on deepening the...

Head and Neck Cancer
Integrative Oncology
Symptom Management

Acupuncture May Reduce Radiation-Induced Dry Mouth for Patients With Head and Neck Cancer

After receiving acupuncture treatment 3 days a week during the course of radiation treatment, patients with head and neck cancer experienced less dry mouth, according to study results published by Garcia et al in JAMA Network Open. The results are from the first randomized, placebo-controlled,...

Integrative Oncology

Boswellia

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, focus on the herbal extract...

Integrative Oncology

Addressing the Gap in Integrative Oncology Education

In 2018, the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor launched the Integrative Oncology Scholars Program, with the goal of teaching oncology health-care providers how to evaluate the scientific evidence on the efficacy and safety of complementary therapies for patients with cancer. The...

Prostate Cancer
Integrative Oncology

Mindfulness Training for Men Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer Who Are on Active Surveillance

GUEST EDITOR Integrative Oncology is guest edited by Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair in Integrative Medicine and Chief of Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York. The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the...

Integrative Oncology

Graviola

GUEST EDITOR Integrative Oncology is guest edited by Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair in Integrative Medicine and Chief of Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.   The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate...

Integrative Oncology

Light Intervention for Cancer-Related Fatigue, Depression, and Sleep Disturbance

GUEST EDITOR  Integrative Oncology is guest edited by Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair in Integrative Medicine and Chief of Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York. Cancer and its treatments are associated with severe fatigue, depression, ...

Survivorship
Supportive Care
Integrative Oncology

Healthy Lifestyle for Young Adult Cancer Survivors

GUEST EDITOR Integrative Oncology is guest edited by Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair in Integrative Medicine and Chief of Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.   The survival rates of adolescent and young adults with cancer have risen ...

Integrative Oncology

Echinacea

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, explores the potential health benefits of...

Integrative Oncology

Chaga Mushroom

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, explore the current...

Integrative Oncology

Capsaicin

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, Shelly Latte-Naor, MD, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, explore the use of...

Integrative Oncology

Dance/Movement Therapy: Getting to Feelings That Have No Words

Dance/movement therapy is a complementary modality that is being explored for symptom control and for improving the quality of life of patients with cancer, especially pediatric patients. Self-expression as well as the creative and interpersonal aspects of dance/movement therapy can help patients...

issues in oncology
integrative oncology

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Patients With Cancer

In a recent study focusing on patients with cancer and cancer survivors, one-third of patient participants reported use of complementary and alternative medicines such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and supplements. These findings were published by Sanford et al in JAMA...

Supportive Care
Integrative Oncology

Maitake Mushroom

GUEST EDITOR Integrative Oncology is guest edited by Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair in Integrative Medicine and Chief of Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.         The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to...

Integrative Oncology

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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. Gary Deng, MD, PhD, and Jyothirmai Gubili, MS, explore the use of omega-3 fatty acids, which have...

Integrative Oncology

Advancing the Science and Art of Integrative Oncology

In 2019, we will mark the 20th year of the establishment of the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), which helped lay the foundation for the emerging field of integrative oncology. Over the past 2 decades, academic cancer institutions, including The...

Integrative Oncology

Integrative Oncology Scholars Program: Model for Evidence-Based Complementary Care

THE FIRST full year of educational training in the practice of complementary therapies is now underway at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor through its Integrative Oncology Scholars Program, which launched in 2017. The program, which is supported through a 5-year grant from the National...

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