Integrative Oncology for Cancer Survivorship Focus of JNCI Monograph

monographAccording to the American Cancer Society, nearly 15 million Americans are cancer survivors. Many of these survivors are interested in integrative medicine and are seeking evidence-based information to improve their outcomes in disease management, as well as quality of life.

The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (“the Consortium”), of which Osher Center Director, Margaret Chesney, PhD is the Chair, has partnered with the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) and other institutions* to publish a monograph for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) entitled “The Role of Integrative Oncology for Cancer Survivorship,” which highlights research in the field of integrative medicine for cancer. Each of the 16 articles is peer-reviewed and reflects cutting-edge research in the field.

“This monograph provides health professionals and the public with peer-reviewed research findings on integrative approaches to living with and beyond cancer,” said Dr. Chesney. “Providing evidence to assist patients, families and their providers with evidence-based information is one of the top priorities of the Consortium and its 61 member academic health centers and health systems.”

“Integrative oncology is an emerging field with a lot to offer patients to help improve outcomes,” said Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, Professor and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and co-editor of the JNCI monograph. “It is incumbent upon us as scientists and practitioners to determine what will help improve clinical outcomes and what may interfere. The JNCI monograph is a step in the right direction and a catalyst for more high quality research in integrative oncology to speed our quest to prevent and control cancer.”

Fellow co-editor, Jun Mao, MD, of Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, added, “This monograph provides actionable information for both healthcare providers – oncologists, primary care doctors, and nurses – as well as patients, as they make decisions about incorporating different integrative approaches, such as acupuncture, meditation, etc., alongside conventional care.”

Some of the articles focus on understudied populations, including pediatric cancer survivors and underserved African-American breast cancer survivors, while others emphasize the importance of tailoring mind-body therapies to individual needs.

The monograph also includes publication of an important new resource from the SIO: Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Use of Integrative Therapies as Supportive Care in Patients Treated for Breast Cancer. “The SIO is very pleased to present this important resource for clinicians, patients and researchers,” said the Society’s President, Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD.


*This JNCI monograph is sponsored by:

  • Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
  • Society for Integrative Oncology
  • Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Allina Health
  • Beth Israel Medical Center
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
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