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UCSD Integrative Oncology 2013

UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine

Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM (PDT)

San Diego, CA

UCSD Integrative Oncology 2013

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UCSD Integrative Oncology 2013:

 Nourish Health. Starve Cancer. Build Community.

April 6-7, 2013 | UC San Diego, Medical Education & Telemedicine Building, La Jolla, CA

The UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) is pleased to announce the second annual UCSD CIM conference. Integrative Oncology is a field that brings together evidence from cancer epidemiology, basic science, and clinical research – with the traditional wisdom of ancient, natural healing systems such as Chinese medicine and Ayurveda – to address all aspects of cancer care. We have learned, from both modern biomedical science as well as the wisdom of the ages, that cancer does not occur in a vacuum. Rather, it is the product of a complex relationship between tumor and host and is often fed by modifiable dietary, lifestyle, and environmental factors. By fostering an “anti-cancer” diet and lifestyle, we can often rectify the imbalances and reduce the factors that permit or help drive cancer development and progression.

Clearly, there will always be a critical need for proven, life-saving treatments targeted at eradicating or controlling the spread of the disease itself. However, there is also a need for empowering approaches that encourage active patient self-care and support whole-person health. And there is a growing awareness that these approaches must be part of optimal cancer care. Accordingly, the 2013 conference will focus on each of three core areas of Integrative Oncology:

(1) Cancer prevention through dietary and lifestyle modification,

(2) The use of evidence-based integrative therapies as adjuncts to conventional treatment, and

(3) The use of supportive integrative modalities to improve symptom control and enhance the well-being, functioning, and quality of life of cancer patients.

The field of Integrative Oncology has enormous transformative potential - not only for cancer care but also for healthcare as a whole. However, realizing this potential requires the involvement not only of patients and health care providers, but also of their partners, families, friends, and the community as a whole. We therefore invite everyone interested in helping to address the problem of cancer to join us for this groundbreaking conference and endeavor.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the research supporting integrative cancer prevention & treatment
  • Apply integrative philosophies to improve cancer patient care
  • Recommend appropriate integrative services & lifestyle medicine to patients
  • Translate integrative medicine research into actionable wellness plans


AGENDA (note: agenda is subject to change) 


Moores Cancer Center Grand Rounds/ Opening Session

Opening remarks (Dan Vicario, M.D.)

Treating the whole person (Donald Abrams, M.D.)
Description of and rationale for a whole person approach to cancer care that includes optimal nutrition as well as fitness training, massage, acupuncture, herbs, biofeedback, meditation, guided imagery, integrative psychiatry, yoga, and tai chi


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., Ph.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 (Bhava Ram, Marlene Marcello, and Glenn Sabin)
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 (Don Abrams, M.D., Rowan Chlebowski, M.D., Ph.D., Edward Neal, M.D., L.Ac., Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D., Leanna Standish, Ph.D., N.D., L.Ac., and Dan Vicario, M.D.)
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. 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

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. 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

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



Donald Abrams, M.D. - Integrative medical oncologist and Director, Integrative Oncology Research Program, UCSF Osher Center; Chief of Hematology-Oncology, San Francisco General Hospital; and co-author of the book "Integrative Oncology"

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. - World famous nutrition and cancer researcher, author, and lecturer; Professor Emeritus, Cornell University; author of the National Academy of Sciences report "Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer"; author of the New York Times bestseller, "The China Study"; and co-star of the movie "Forks Over Knives"

Rowan Chlebowski, M.D., Ph.D. - Chief, Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; and Director, Women's Intervention Nutrition Study (WINS)

Scott Lippman, M.D. - Director, UCSD Moores Cancer Center; medical oncologist and hematologist; and physician-scientist and expert in translational research and cancer prevention and control

Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. - Preventive and Integrative Medicine physician; Cancer Epidemiologist; Founding member and Director of Research, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine; Medical Nutritionist; and Medical Director, UCSD Natural Healing & Cooking Program 

Dan Vicario, M.D. - Medical and integrative oncologist; Director and co-founder, UC San Diego Cancer Center and the San Diego Cancer Research Institute

John Wagner, M.D. - Professor of Pediatrics, Univ. of Minnesota (UM) School of Medicine; Director, UM Division of Hematology-Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation; Co-Director; UM Center for Translational Medicine; Hageboeck/Children's Cancer Research Fund Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research; UM McKnight Presidential Chair in Hematology and Oncology; and international expert in stem cells and umbilical cord blood transplantation


Ellen Beck, M.D. - Co-founder and Director, UCSD Student- Run Free Clinic Project; Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine Department of Family and Preventive Medicine; and Executive Committee Member, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine

Shamini Jain, Ph.D. - Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSD School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry; Member, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, UCSD Moores Cancer Center; Member, Division of Research, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine; and Senior Scientist, Samueli Institute

Rusty Kallenberg, M.D. - Chief, UCSD Division of Family Medicine; Executive Director, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine; Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine Department of Family and Preventive Medicine; and Family and Internal Medicine Physician

Edward Neal, M.D., L.Ac. - Internal Medicine physician; Chinese Medicine doctor; Associate Faculty Member, Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University; and Co-founder and Director, International Society for Classical Acupuncture

Sheila Patel, M.D. - Medical Director and Director of Health Programming, Chopra Center for Wellbeing; Ayurvedic and Family Medicine Physician

Leanna Standish, ND, PhD - Neuroscientist and Naturopathic Physician; Medical Director of the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center (BIORC); Clinical Research Professor at the Bastyr University Research Institute; Founding Board Member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians; CAM Oncology Advisor to MD Anderson Cancer Center

Ruth Westreich - President, The Westreich Foundation; Member: Strategic Advisory Board, UCSD Center for Integrative Member, Bravewell Collaborative; Board of Directors, Samueli Institute; Board of Directors, University of San Diego Institute for Education and Research; Board of Advisors of The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care; Board of the Institute for Palliative Medicine and the San Diego Hospice; and expert in visual and auditory art therapies

CANCER SURVIVORS AND ADVOCATES:  Hear documented case studies of miraculous "spontaneous" remissions from several cancer survivors who have used integrative approaches.


Norman Arnold is a businessman and philanthropist in Columbia, South Carolina who experienced a remission of metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas 31 years ago after adopting a specialized whole food, plant-based diet along with other healthy lifestyle changes. His case was documented in 2002 by an expert panel of oncologists at the National Cancer Institute. He went on to endow and help launch the Univ. of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health.


Marlene Marcello-McKenna is a book author and holistic health counselor from Rhode Island who experienced a spontaneous remission of stage 4 malignant melanoma 26 years ago. She underwent her cancer remission after adopting the same type of diet and lifestyle changes as Mr. Arnold. The same expert panel at the National Cancer Institute documented her case and, as with Mr. Arnold, her remission was deemed to have occurred without conventional treatment.


Bhava Ram (formerly Brad Willis) is a former award-winning NBC News foreign correspondent who later became a Vedic scholar. In 1993, Willis suffered a severe break in his lower back. A fusion-laminectomy operation failed, left him deeply disabled, and ended his career with NBC News. Several years later, he was diagnosed with metastatic oropharyngeal cancer and given little chance of surviving the disease. He then turned to the Vedas as an alternative to Western medicine and after two years of intense meditation, pranayama, fasting, veganism, purifications and yoga postures, experienced a remission of his cancer and back problems. Willis took on the spiritual name Bhava Ram, and under this name has produced several books on Yoga and Ayurveda and he and his wife run a yoga training and healing arts school, "Deep Yoga," in San Diego.


Glenn Sabin is a 22-year cancer “thriver” who created a comprehensive, integrative oncology approach to achieve a complete pathological remission of his chronic lymphocytic leukemia—considered an “incurable” disease—without conventional intervention. A staunch proponent and leader in the area of integrative medicine, Glenn is also a board member of the Society for Integrative Oncology and has a special interest in evidence-based integrative cancer care and the scientific exploration of whole systems protocols through well-designed clinical studies implemented in academic settings.

Have questions about UCSD Integrative Oncology 2013? Contact UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine

When & Where

Medical Education & Telemedicine Building
9500 Gilman Drive
San Diego, CA 92037

Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM (PDT)

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The UC San Diego - Center for Integrative Medicine focuses on whole-person wellness by addressing physical, as well as lifestyle, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. Blending science with the art of healing creates an environment throughout UC San Diego that supports the best in clinical care, and offers opportunities for research, education and community partnerships.



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