key words: palliative care, oncology, integrative medicine, team care, integrative health, collaboration, collaborative healthcare, patient-centered care, quality of life care, recommended resources, person-centered care
topics: oncology, the integrative medicine movement in mainstream U.S. medicine
At the 14th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology, a new definition of integrative oncology was announced.
The Official Society for Integrative Oncology Definition of "Integrative Oncology":
Integrative oncology is a patient-centered, evidence-informed field of cancer care that utilizes mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions alongside conventional cancer treatments.
Integrative oncology aims to optimize health, quality of life, and clinical outcomes across the cancer care continuum and to empower people to prevent cancer and become active participants before, during, and beyond cancer treatment.
Integrative oncology seems to be firmly rooted in the true philosophy of "integrative health care". I am looking forward to watching it grow strong for the health of patients and their families and the field of health care in general.
To learn more about this year's conference, I recommend reading the report by Zeyiad Elias, DAOM, RAc, in the winter 2018 issue of Meridians: Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Elias Z. Society for Integrative Oncology 14th International Conference: A Report. MJAOM 2018;5(1): 30-35.
Society for Integrative Oncology