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Session I – Dietary and Lifestyle Modification in Cancer Prevention

8 a.m. Rejuvenating breakfast

9 a.m. Opening remarks (Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D. and Scott Lippman, M.D.)

9:15 a.m. The role of diet in the development of cancer (T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.)
Synthesis of findings and lessons learned from basic science and large-scale population research on diet and cancer; discussion of the China Study

10 a.m. Dietary prevention of cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon (Rowan Chlebowski, M.D.)
Evidence and guidelines for dietary prevention of some of the most common human malignancies; findings from the WINS Study

10:45 a.m. Break

11 a.m.  Role of the mind in cancer development (Sheila Patel, M.D.)
Can thoughts or emotions influence the development of cancer? Latest findings from the field of Psychoneuroimmunology

11:45 a.m. Putting prevention into practice (Lauray MacElhern and Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D.)
Discussion of CIM’s Natural Healing & Cooking program, followed by a whole food, plant-based cooking demonstration

12:30 p.m. Healthy lunch

Session II – Integrative Medicine as Adjunctive Cancer Therapy

2 p.m. The Chinese Medical Approach to Cancer (Edward Neal, M.D., L.Ac.)
Description of how cancer is viewed from the lens of Classical Chinese medicine, as well as an overview of traditional strategies for its treatment

2:45 p.m.  Dietary & mind-body combined intervention (Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D.)
(1) Overview of behavioral interventions combining counseling, education, and support in adoption of whole food, plant-based diet with mind-body disciplines. (2) Findings of research examining intervention effects on disease progression and tumor metastasis. (3) Possible biological mechanisms.  (4) Indications for use and timing of intervention.

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Naturopathic therapeutics for cancer (Leanna Standish, Ph.D., N.D., L.Ac.)
Evidence and recommendations for use of specific foods, herbs, and dietary supplements, hydrotherapy, poultices, and other elements of natural self-care

4:30 p.m. Case presentations
Inspiring medically documented stories of “miraculous” recovery and long-term survival from metastatic cancer that embody the principles of integrative medicine

5:15 p.m. Panel discussion
Discussion of lessons that can be drawn from best cases – and other aspects of the day’s proceedings – and applied more broadly in clinical practice

6 p.m. Evening Reception


Session III – The Use of Integrative Medicine in Supportive Care of Cancer Patients

8 a.m. Healing breakfast

9 a.m. Opening remarks (Rusty Kallenberg, M.D. and Donald Abrams, M.D.)

9:15 a.m. Use of integrative medicine in pediatric oncology and in bone marrow transplant patients (John Wagner, M.D.)
Discussion of how integrative modalities can offer help even to the most severely ill patients and how an open, evidence-based approach can help identify new safe and effective uses

10 a.m. Overview of integrative modalities in the support of cancer patients (Dan Vicario, M.D.)
Description of integrative modalities employed by the San Diego Cancer Center and discussion of how they are employed in patient care

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Cannabis in Pain and Palliative Care (Donald Abrams, M.D.)
Physicians in 18 states and the District of Columbia can now recommend medicinal cannabis for a variety of patient conditions. This session will explore the evidence regarding the use of cannabis in the treatment of pain and for management of symptoms frequently encountered in patients with cancer.

11:15 a.m. Biofield therapies in cancer care (Shamini Jain, Ph.D.)
Overview of the biological rationale and scientific evidence for clinical effectiveness of biofield (indirect and remote) therapies on symptom relief and quality of life of ovarian and other cancer patients

11:45 a.m. Self-expression to promote cancer wellness (Ellen Beck, M.D. and Ruth Westreich)
Discussion of expressive therapies including counseling, journaling, music, and art to promote healing and wellness of cancer patients

12:15 p.m. It Takes a Village to Cure a Cancer: The Essential Role of Community in Cancer Care (Joseph V. Raffa, Ed.D. and Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.)

Discussion of: (a) how a strong, connected community provides the healthy soil in which cancer cannot thrive; (b) need for education of the public regarding integrative approaches (diet, lifestyle, etc.) to cancer prevention, treatment, and patient support; (c) role of community members (spouses/partners, families, friends, etc.) in promoting health and supporting those with cancer; and (d) learning from pooled/shared data and collective wisdom and experience.

12:45 conference ends – Lunch on your own

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