Robin Daly the Chairman and Founder of Yes to Life saw the need for an organisation in the UK similar to the Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO) in the USA. Through Yes to Life, he organised a conference to launch the British Society of Integrative Oncology (BSIO) on 26 May 2012 in London, attended by over 100 healthcare professionals.
The keynote speaker at the conference was Dr Gary Deng MD, Oncologist from the Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, Past President of the Society for Integrative Oncology and lead author of the SIO Integrative Oncology Guidelines (2009). He spoke about the challenges, rewards and practical experience of providing an integrative oncological service at his hospital.
The second keynote was Professor Robert Thomas, Consultant Oncologist from Cambridge UK and member of the NCRI Complementary Therapies Clinical Studies Development Group, who spoke about the clinical trials he is conducting at his hospital on complementary therapies alongside cancer treatment.
Delegates were engaged in a number of breakout groups to discuss the challenges to be overcome in the UK. At the end of the day, there was optimism and support for the formation of a UK organisation to promote evidence-based integrative cancer care in the UK.