Integrative Oncology: Approaches for Enhancing Patient-Centered Palliative and Supportive Care

January 2021 
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This online course takes an evidence-based view of integrative oncology and will address core areas of a patient-centered approach to supportive and palliative cancer care, including nutrition, mind and body practices, acupuncture, and physical activity. Presenters and panelists will review key evidence and focus on national practice guidelines in developing integrative treatment plans for cancer patients during active treatment and in post-treatment survivorship. 

Integrative oncology is a patient-centered, evidence-informed field of cancer care that utilizes mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions alongside conventional cancer treatments. Integrative oncology aims to optimize health, quality of life, and clinical outcomes across the cancer care continuum and to empower people to prevent cancer and become active participants before, during, and beyond cancer treatment (Witt, et al. JNCI 2017).

This course is designed for a variety of practitioners including oncologists (medical, surgical, or radiation), palliative care specialists, generalists who commonly care for cancer patients, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and dieticians/nutritionists. 

Learning Objectives

Describe core principles of integrative oncology
Counsel patients on a plant-based diet
Describe the evidence base for caloric restriction approaches
Describe the evidence base for meditation and yoga and apply them to your care of cancer patients
Describe the evidence base for acupuncture and apply it to the care of cancer patients
Describe the safety and efficacy of natural products in cancer care
Develop basic integrative treatment plans using an evidence-based approach


The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. 

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts category 1credit from AOACCME, Prescribed Credit from AAFP, and AMA Category 1 CreditTM for the PRA for organizations accredited by the ACCME. 

Pharmacy: The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

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