Integrative Practices in Oncology: State of the Science
This session will present the scientific evidence on the effectiveness and ineffectiveness of integrative practices to improve the quality of life in cancer patients. Interest in and the use of integrative practices by oncology patients is increasing exponentially. Oncology dietitians are at the forefront of guiding their patients and caregivers towards integrative therapies that are evidence-based and away from therapies that may potentially cause harm. This session will present results of clinical trials completed and those that are ongoing to evaluate the effectiveness of integrative practices, as well as the clinical practice guidelines on the use of integrative medicine by cancer patients. Speakers will discuss where the evidence does and does not exist and will showcase the ongoing collaboration between Integrative Medicine and Medical Nutrition Therapy Services at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and the clinical trials in integrative practices being conducted at Wake Forest National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program, Research Base.
Planned with the Oncology Nutrition DPG.
- Identify the evidence-informed integrative practices that are effective in improving quality of life in cancer patient.
- Identify the evidence-informed integrative practices that are ineffective in improving quality of life in cancer patient.
- Describe a collaborative approach to successfully provide integrative and medical nutrition therapy to cancer patients.
- 6.2.5 Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery, and health and nutrition of customers.
- 8.1.5 Applies medical nutrition therapy in disease prevention and management.
- 8.3.7 Integrates new knowledge and skills into practice.
Mridul Datta, PhD, RD, LD, FAND
Assistant Clinical Professor/Dietetic Internship Director
Iowa State University
Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, MPH
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Mara Vitolins, DrPH, MPH, RDN, FAND
Professor and Interim Chair
Wake Forest School of Medicine