Fundamentals of Integrative Oncology

Fundamentals of Integrative Oncology


Advances in early detection, surgical techniques, and pharmacological treatments have made it possible for people diagnosed with cancer to live more actively during and after treatment. Cancer may no longer be a fatal disease, but a chronic condition that requires supportive care and holistic approaches to long-term symptom and side-effect management. In recognition of improvements in their patient’s health outcomes, health systems nationwide have responded with making integrative therapies more accessible. While many healthcare providers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of integrative oncology modalities, a lack of training of how to utilize these therapies in patient care planning remains. This gap may leave many cancer specialists unprepared to respond appropriately to a patient’s questions and make personalized recommendations for integrative care.

Fundamentals of Integrative Oncology is a multidisciplinary course to provide physicians and advanced practice providers with essential guidelines for making safe and personalized recommendations for the use of integrative therapies to people with cancer. Learners will study the current state of evidence for the physiological mechanisms of action of non-pharmacologic approaches, including mind-body therapies, acupuncture, exercise, and herbal medicine, to improve cancer-related side effects such as chronic pain, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, and stress.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define integrative oncology and its role in cancer care.
  2. Enhance proficiency in communicating with patients and caregivers about evidence-based uses of integrative modalities.
  3. Identify safe and supportive integrative treatments for specific cancer-related symptoms and side-effects.
  4. Identify common and preventable herb-drug interactions.
  5. Summarize current state of supplement use among people with cancer.
  6. Optimize evidence-based practice in lifestyle and side-effect management across the cancer care continuum.

Course Agenda:

  • What is Integrative Oncology? The history, definition, and guidelines of a growing field of medicine. Speaker: Jun Mao, MD, MSCE. Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair in Integrative Medicine. Chief, Integrative Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Supportive lifestyle change: providing guidance and motivation on nutrition, exercise, and sleep behaviors
    Speaker: Eugenie Spiguel, NP, Advanced Practice Provider. Integrative Medicine Nurse Practitioner, Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Fundamentals of nutritional supplements and herbal medicine
    Speaker: Gary Deng, MD, PhD. Medical Director, Integrative Medicine Service
  • Acupuncture in supportive cancer care: treating acute, chronic, and long-term side effects
    Speaker: Ting Bao, MD, DABMA. Director, Integrative Breast Oncology. Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering


Memorial Sloan Kettering is an approved Professional Development Activity (PDA) provider #299 of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

The NCCAOM designates this distance online education program for a maximum of 4 PDA points.

Target Audience:

  • Oncologists
  • Advanced Practice Providers
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Hospitalists
  • Family Medicine Physicians
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Specialists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatrists and Psychologists

About Our Online Learning Website:

Our Integrative Medicine Service enlists Bridge, a native cloud learning management system, to offer a unique engagement platform to host our online courses. Bridge’s intuitive design and mobile platforms will allow you to complete your course on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Once your payment of the course fee is processed successfully, you will receive a receipt from MSK sent directly to the email account you entered during registration. Within 48 hours, the Integrative Medicine Education Coordinator will upload your name, email, and course selection into Bridge. Once completed, you will receive an email from Bridge containing a link to access the Bridge app. You will be asked to create a username and password to establish your personal Bridge account. Every time you wish to watch a lecture, you will return to the Bridge app and enter the username and password you created.

For questions and assistance with the registration process, please email [email protected]

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