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09th April, 2021

10 Green reasons to use homeopathy

STIMULATING YOUR SELF-HEALING SYSTEM: Homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s own natural defence/self-healing mechanism to promote health and to resist infection and susceptibility to disease. Although gentle, the results can ...

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22nd March, 2021

Including Integrative Oncology in the EU4Health and Beating Cancer programmes

The European Parliament’s Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health hosted: Integrative Oncology – the holistic approach to cancer care on 17th March. Key speakers gave their insights and experience in ...

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Future Events

MEP Interest Group event ‘Integrative Oncology’

The MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health is delighted to invite you to the online event ‘Integrative Oncology’, the integrative approach to cancer

17 March from 16.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs CET

A unique opportunity to participate in an event where expert speakers on Integrative Oncology will share their knowledge and insights.

Cancer patients and Complementary Medicine

Patients with cancer often use Complementary Medicine methods such as acupuncture, meditation, herbs, and dietary supplements in addition to their conventional cancer treatment. According to a systematic review, the use of these methods in Europe is around 40% and varies across the different European countries. The main reasons are the desire of optimizing therapeutic benefits with conventional treatment, minimizing cancer symptoms or adverse effects from treatment, and enhancing general well-being.

The emergence and growth of Integrative Oncology

The evidence-based incorporation of these Complementary Medicine modalities into traditional cancer care is an emerging field and is termed Integrative Oncology. Many leading academic cancer centres in North America and Europe are developing Integrative Oncology centres to ensure that the research concerning the efficacy of Complementary Medicine modalities is performed in a scientifically rigorous fashion. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the use of integrative therapies as effective supportive care strategies in cancer patients.

MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health

The Interest Group promotes Integrative Medicine and Health in all European Parliament public health policy. Integrative Medicine and Health bring conventional biomedicine and complementary medicine together in a coordinated way, focuses on the whole person and considers the individual in its physical, psychological, spiritual, social and environmental context. It offers an inclusive approach that meets the demand of EU citizens for a holistic, patient-centred approach in medicine.


Key speakers on Integrative Oncology – the holistic approach to cancer care

Professor Dr Claudia Witt, Professor of Medicine at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. She is director of the Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University Hospital of Zürich and is a senior researcher at the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics of the Charité University in Berlin, Germany.

Dr med Petra Voiss, Senior physician at the Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, Integrative Oncology and at the Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Centre, Kliniken Essen-Mitte, academic teaching hospital of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She is a well-known researcher in the field of Integrative Medicine and Oncology.

Dra Natàlia Eres, Founder and Director of the Institute of Holistic Health, Medicine and Oncology IMOHE in Barcelona-Lleida, Spain. She is a medical oncology specialist at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain and took training in several Complementary Medicine modalities.

Dr Jean-Lionel Bagot founded the first supportive care consultation in oncology in a hospital environment. Now he is a coordinating doctor at the department of Integrative Medicine of the Saint-Vincent Hospital Group in Strasbourg, and lecturer at the Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty in Strasbourg University, France.

Professor Dr Yvonne Samstag, Professor of Cellular Immunology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She is the spokesperson of the project “Research and Practice Initiative: Complementary & Integrative Health Care Baden-Württemberg (KIG)” and of the joint research project “Academic Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine” (AZKIM) funded by the Ministry of the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.


Registration for the event ‘Integrative Oncology – the holistic approach to cancer care’ takes place via Eventbrite, follow the link here.

After registration, you will receive the link to the Livestream ‘Integrative Oncology – the holistic approach to cancer care’.

Registration deadline: 14 March 2021