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Integrative, Holistic, Complementary and Alternative Cancer Conferences to Attend

What are some top-notch educational and empowering integrative, holistic, complementary and alternative cancer conferences and events for you or someone you know to consider attending? As someone who attended many cancer conferences since 1998 and for EmbodiWorks the last few years, a brain tumor survivor for over thirteen years, and with lots of professional cancer work, I’ll tell you some of the top conferences and events. The four organizations listed here are wonderful non-profits. Definitely check out their websites for more information.

Healing Journeys offers various conferences each year, including on the West coast particular in the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento. Cancer as a Turning Point From Surviving and Thriving represents their biggest and best-known conference addressing body, mind, and spirit with up to 1,000 attendees. Jan Adrian, Founder and Executive Director of Healing Journeys, incorporates integrative, holistic cancer care into Cancer as a Turning Point through her heart and soul, with profound knowledge and wisdom about whole person cancer care. A snapshot of the speakers at Cancer as a Turning Point on September 17, 2011 in Napa, California included MDs, PhDs, nurses, cancer survivors, stories through storytelling, music by the incredible Gary Malkin, and integrative cancer care by the wonderful Lise Alschuler, ND. Healing Journeys has other events this year such as The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen Workshop and more amazing events planned for 2012, including Cancer as a Turning Point on June 23 & 24, 2012 in Spartanburg, South Carolina and September 8 & 9, 2012 in Sacramento, California.

Annie Appleseed Project began offering a conference Evidence-Based Complementary/Alternative Cancer Therapies in West Palm Beach, Florida in 2008.  Ann Fonfa, the fabulous founder and Executive Director, continues the conference in the same location annually with the 5th Evidence-Based Complementary/Alternative Cancer Therapies on March 1-3, 2012 (many speakers already confirmed). For the first time, Annie Appleseed Project will also provide a conference in San Francisco the end of September 14 & 15, 2012. A wonderful experience with quality speakers, the Annie Appleseed Project conference gives cancer patients new information related to their treatments, health, and healing with, through, and beyond cancer. Topics presented at their March 2011 Annie Appleseed Project conference included therapies for understanding and treating the internal terrain in the body, nutrition, supplements, Vitamin C IV infusions, treatments specific for certain types of cancer, insulin potentiation therapy, cancer treatments in Europe, mind-body support, qi gong, yoga, and other topics. I attended their 2011 conference and presented my brain tumor journey on a patient panel with three other survivors. Along with conferences, the Annie Appleseed Project has an educational website about complementary and alternative cancer.

Urban Zen, an extraordinary non-profit in New York City created by Donna Karan, offers high quality cancer events. Food Solutions 2011: A Gateway To Healing- Navigating Cancer on October 5, 2011 at Urban Zen will teach about the role of food in health and healing when dealing with cancer. Another wonderful offering is the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) Program integrating eastern healing modalities with western medicine for patients, their loved ones, and caregivers. Modalities include yoga therapy, reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition, and contemplative care. Learn more about Urban Zen’s incredible holistic health events and offerings for the whole person.

Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO), primarily for health professionals to the study and application of complementary therapies for cancer patients, has an annual conference. Check out the Eighth International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology on November 10-12, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. While the majority at the SIO conference are health care providers and professionals, cancer advocates, patients, and caregivers also attend. Read their dynamic agenda this year with very interesting speakers to consider attendance. Know that many presentations are highly technical.

You can also find other integrative, holistic, complementary and alternative cancer conferences from sources such as organizations and hospitals. Integrative Medicine: Wellness Throughout Treatment and Survivorship Webinar on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, with Mary Hardy, MD and Anne Coscarelli, PhD, both of the University of California, San Francisco, Center for Integrative Oncology. But note that the event is not cancer-specific.

Of course, I’ll continue to attend cancer conferences connecting and collaborating with colleagues and collecting more integrative cancer care resources for EmbodiWorks!