Workshop B – Complementary Medicine in Pediatric Oncology

Presentation Description: 
Complementary medicine (e.g., vitamins, herbal medicines, acupuncture and massage) are used by the majority of Canadians, especially those diagnosed with serious or life threatening conditions. This workshop consisted of three 15-minute presentations: 1) thinking about nutrition using a cancer control prism; 2) update on the regulation of complementary practitioners and products and how that may impact collaboration with or advice about complementary medicine; and 3) a shared decision-making model for supporting patients/families in making safe and informed decisions related to complementary medicine.  The second half of the workshop involved an interactive discussion of clinically relevant issues highlighted in several case studies.

Paul Rogers, MBChB, FRCPC, FRCP(Lond) MBA
Pediatric Oncologist, BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver
Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Heather Boon, BScPhm, PhD
Professor and Interim Dean
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto

Lynda Balneaves, RN, PhD
Acting Associate Director, Research
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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