Integrative Medicine and Cancer Treatment

October 11, 2021 Joe Brady

Integrative Oncology: Evidence-based Medicine meets Patient-Centered Care

Increasingly integrative medicine approaches are being used to support patient health during the ordeal of cancer treatment. Practices like acupuncture, Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation have been found to be extremely useful in managing the symptoms and side effects of many cancer treatments. The September Grand Rounds at the Osher Center for Integrative medicine at Harvard Medical school featured Dr. Jun Mao, Chief of Integrative Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center his lecture helps to define integrative oncology and highlight key therapeutic approaches. He will discuss the use of rigorous research that has informed the evidence base for integrative oncology. Additionally, Dr. Mao will detail the application of integration oncology practices in patient-centered care.

Objectives:

  • Present the definition of integrative oncology and key therapeutic approaches;
  • To discuss the use of rigorous research to increase the evidence base for integrative oncology;
  • To discuss the application of integration oncology practices in patient-centered care

Presenter Biography: Jun J. Mao MD, MSCE

As chief of the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Mao works with a team of extremely talented and dedicated integrative medicine physicians and integrative health experts, including massage therapists, acupuncturists, mind-body specialists, and music and dance therapists.

A Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Mao’s research centers on investigating the mechanisms, effects, and integration of complementary and integrative health therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, massage, and herbs for symptom management among cancer patients and survivors. He has received funding from the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the American Cancer Society, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the Department of Defense.

As President of the Society for Integrative Oncology, Dr. Mao works with 458 members from 19 countries to advance evidence-based, comprehensive, integrative healthcare to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

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