Introduction to Integrative Oncology (2021-2023)

It is estimated that a great majority of cancer patients are using complementary therapies in addition to conventional care. As patients face a life-threatening diagnosis out of their control, they turn to therapies that offer hope and a regained sense of empowerment. Learn about controlling weight, the impact of nutrition, dietary supplements, stress reduction, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chemo-CAM interactions and more.

Educational Purpose

This educational activity is designed to provide practitioners with an overview of integrative modalities and treatments that are beneficial for cancer care for patients in active treatment and survivorship, as well as prevention strategies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define integrative oncology and summarize the frequency of complementary and integrative medicine use by cancer patients.
  2. Describe integrative cancer care for patients receiving cancer treatment and for post-treatment survivors.
  3. Describe dietary guidelines for cancer patients.
  4. Describe important issues relating to the use of botanicals and supplements in cancer care.
  5. Evaluate the benefit of mind-body medicine approaches for cancer supportive care.
  6. Assess the potential applications for whole systems of medicine in oncology and examine the evidence for acupuncture in oncology.


  • Introduction to Integrative Oncology - Gain an understanding of the role of integrative care in oncology.
  • Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity - Explore the role of dietary risks on cancer prevention and treatment.
  • Botanicals & Dietary Supplements - Evaluation of botanical & dietary supplement recommendations with a look at supplement-chemotherapy interactions.
  • Mind-Body Approaches - Comprehensive review of mind-body approaches to utilize during treatment and survivorship.
  • Whole Systems of Medicine - Understand the use of Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine as complementary use in treatment and survivorship of cancer.
  • Evaluation
  • Course Exam

Completion Requirements

Complete all the course work, course evaluation, and the final test with a score of 70% or better. Upon successful completion you will be able to print your certificate of completion.

Target Audience

This enduring material educational program is intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, and psychiatrists in any specialty. In addition, all healthcare professionals who have an interest in an integrative approach to healing are targeted.


When all of the above requirements are met (during the agreed upon timeline), a link for the completion certificate is available to download and print anytime from "My Account." If a specific credit type was selected at registration, your certificate will indicate earned credits.


This course does not constitute medical advice. Healthcare providers should exercise their own independent medical judgment.

All case studies and patient scenarios in this course are used for illustrative purposes. All depictions of persons (other than faculty) are models and not actual patients.


You will have a maximum of 30 days access to the material from the start date. You can register and start immediately. If you register for the course and pay with a credit card you will have immediate access to the course. Once your registration is complete, logout and log back in and your course will be listed on the campus page. If you cannot remember your account information, click the Get Username and Password link on the login page and it will be emailed to you.

  1. Complete your registration, including payment of the invoice (find this on "My Account")
  2. Log out
  3. Then log back in
  4. If you cannot remember your account information, click the "Get Username and Password" link on the login page and it will be sent to the email address you used to register.
  5. Your course will be listed on the Community Hub page.

Introduction to Integrative Oncology
Disclosure & Education Credit Info



ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation and CME Designation Statement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This course is currently in application for 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Current CME Approval Period: 01/07/2021 to 01/06/2023

This course includes an assessment of 12 questions that you must answer 70% correctly or above in order to receive credit for participation. You are allowed unlimited re-attempts.

Current CME Approval Period: 01/07/2021 to 01/06/2023

Most Recent Review by Author: 09/05/2020

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Information

All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Faculty / Authors

Donald Abrams, MD; Chief, Hematology-Oncology, Zuckerberg Francisco General Hospital; Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Lise Alschuler, ND; Associate Director, Fellowship Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine; Professor, Department of Medicine University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson

Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPH; Founder of Oregon Integrative Oncology, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Anand Dhruva, MD; Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine University of California San Francisco

Planning Committee

Lise Alschuler, ND; Associate Director, Fellowship Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine; Professor, Department of Medicine University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson