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Integrative Oncology SIG

Oncology patients are increasingly turning to complementary therapies to augment their care and enhance their total well-being. Scientific evidence is growing to support the fact that thoughts, beliefs, and emotions can have an impact on physical as well as emotional health. Oncology social workers are frequently asked by patients for information about these modalities and for assistance in choosing and/or utilizing them. This SIG was formed to provide a forum for communication among AOSW members regarding complementary and alternative medicine techniques. Goals include developing mechanisms or resources to learn how to research specific complementary approaches; developing resource lists of "model programs" which employ complementary approaches in oncology care; and development of a resource list of insurance companies which include coverage for complementary therapies.

Erin Price, LICSW​
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Washington, DC
Phone: 202-483-8600
Email: [email protected]

Michelle Ferretti, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Inova Schar Cancer Institute
Life with Cancer
Phone: (703) 698-2524
Email: [email protected]

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