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Dr. Richard T. Lee: New Pain Guidelines for Cancer from SIO/ASCO

In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Richard T. Lee, who was an instrumental member of the committee to analyze and review the health literature related to integrative approaches to manage pain in patients with cancer. The Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published the guidelines developed by the committee. The guidelines recommend and rate the level of evidence for specific integrative approaches, like acupuncture, acupressure, hypnosis, and massage, to manage pain from cancer. Dr. Lee is the Medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program at City of Hope. As an oncologist, his philosophy is all about treating the whole patient by bringing together Western medicine with integrative therapies.

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Below are links to topics discussed in this episode:

Integrative Medicine for Pain Management in Oncology: Society for Integrative Oncology–ASCO Guideline
Understand the 2022 ASCO/SIO Cancer Pain Management Guidelines  

American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO)

National Cancer Institute


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Dr. Wayne Jonas is a board-certified physician and Dr. Alyssa McManamon is a triple-board certified hematologist/oncologist. The opinions expressed on this show are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of their places of employment, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or the United States government. The opinions expressed on this podcast are meant for entertainment and education and should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition nor should they be used as a substitute for medical advice from a qualified, board-certified practicing clinician. Dr. Wayne Jonas and Dr. Alyssa McManamon have no relevant financial disclosures.

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