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Integrative Oncology Education: An Emerging Competency for Oncology Providers

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Department of Oncology, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada
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Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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School of Nursing, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309, USA
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Public Health Sciences & Clinical Research Divisions, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Centre, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
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Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
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Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
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Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Department of Radiation Oncology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
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School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Curr. Oncol. 2021, 28(1), 853-862; https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28010084
Received: 11 December 2020 / Revised: 22 January 2021 / Accepted: 3 February 2021 / Published: 10 February 2021
A growing number of cancer patients use complementary and alternative therapies during and after conventional cancer treatment. Patients are often reluctant to discuss these therapies with their oncologist, and oncologists may have limited knowledge and confidence on how to advise patients on the appropriate use. Integrative oncology is a patient-centered, evidence-informed field that utilizes mind–body practices, lifestyle modifications and/or natural products interwoven with conventional cancer treatment. It prioritizes safety and best available evidence to offer appropriate interventions alongside conventional care. There are few opportunities for oncologists to learn about integrative oncology. In this commentary, we highlight the Integrative Oncology Scholars (IOS) program as a means to increase competency in this growing field. We provide an overview of several integrative oncology modalities that are taught through this program, including lifestyle modifications, physical activity, and mind–body interventions. We conclude that as more evidence is generated in this field, it will be essential that oncology healthcare providers are aware of the prevalent use of these modalities by their patients and cancer centers include Integrative Oncology trained physicians and other healthcare professionals in their team to discuss and recommend evidence-based integrative oncology therapies alongside conventional cancer treatments to their patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: integrative oncology; oncology education; integrative medicine; supportive cancer care; complementary medicine integrative oncology; oncology education; integrative medicine; supportive cancer care; complementary medicine
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Karim, S.; Benn, R.; Carlson, L.E.; Fouladbakhsh, J.; Greenlee, H.; Harris, R.; Henry, N.L.; Jolly, S.; Mayhew, S.; Spratke, L.; Walker, E.M.; Zebrack, B.; Zick, S.M. Integrative Oncology Education: An Emerging Competency for Oncology Providers. Curr. Oncol. 2021, 28, 853-862. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28010084

AMA Style

Karim S, Benn R, Carlson LE, Fouladbakhsh J, Greenlee H, Harris R, Henry NL, Jolly S, Mayhew S, Spratke L, Walker EM, Zebrack B, Zick SM. Integrative Oncology Education: An Emerging Competency for Oncology Providers. Current Oncology. 2021; 28(1):853-862. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28010084

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Karim, Safiya, Rita Benn, Linda E. Carlson, Judith Fouladbakhsh, Heather Greenlee, Rick Harris, N. L. Henry, Shruti Jolly, Sabrina Mayhew, Lisa Spratke, Eleanor M. Walker, Bradley Zebrack, and Suzanna M. Zick 2021. "Integrative Oncology Education: An Emerging Competency for Oncology Providers" Current Oncology 28, no. 1: 853-862. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28010084

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