AAMP Fall Conference – Sept 24th – 26th, 2021

18 AMA Cat-1 CE (7.5-Pharmacology and 3.0-Ethics) – 18 WA/CA/HI State Cat-1 CE

*CONO Applied for

Morning Theme:

 

Assessing the Patient with Cancer

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8:00 - 8:15 AM Jeremy Phillips: Introductory Remarks and Welcome
8:15 - 9:15 AM Dr. Anderson : Assessment of the cancer patient across the spectrum – Part-1

A look at standard laboratory markers in the assessment of patients with known cancer in various stages of advancement or remission. A look at non-traditional markers to follow as well as standard markers for patient safety and therapy adjustment.

9:15 - 10:15 AM Dr. Tims: Assessment of the cancer patient across the spectrum – Part-2

Besides the standard tumor markers and imaging studies, a myriad of functional laboratory tests are available that can help practitioners better understand disease status in real time. In addition, cancer patients can benefit from a deeper dive into potential root causes of their disease toidentify strategies for secondary prevention and/or slowing progression. This presentation will cover functional assessments that can be used to enhance care of cancer patients across the entire oncologic spectrum.

10:15 - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 - 12:00 Dr. Price: Nutrigenomic Analysis: Assessing Genetic Analysis in Complementary Cancer Care and Culinary Nutrition/Assessing Epigenetic Guidance in Culinary Nutrition and Supplementation

Conventional practice standardly assesses mutations in tumor inhibitors such as BRCA I and II, TP53 and others related to cancer pathologies including JAK2 and those related to Lynch Syndrome. These are important in helping to predict occurrence, surveillance, and in some cases treatment. However, genes associated with processes involved with cancer prevention – cell cycle repair, apoptosis, and innate immunity – can also be assessed. Epigenetic nutritional supplementation and culinary nutrition can be applied to support these vital processes.

12:00 - 12:45 AM Dr. Price: Case studies in Nutrigenomics

We can apply software analysis to assess mutations involved with patient’s processes associated with cell cycle repair, apoptosis and innate Immunity. Key genes can be assessed for mutation significance, for number and type of studies. Epigenetic factors can be used to develop a treatment plan. We will analyze two cases step by step.

12:45 - 1:15 PM Medical Presentation – Non-CME
1:15 - 2:30 PM Lunch

Afternoon Theme:

 

Patient Monitoring and Clinical Management

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2:30 - 3:30 PM Dr. Anderson: Metabolic complications in the Patient with Cancer

In this session Dr. Anderson will break down common metabolic conditions which arise in cancer and discuss their management. Included in this session will be:

  • Anemia including Iron and Copper issues

  • Ascites

  • Lymphedema

  • Immunologic Terrain

3:30 - 4:00 PM Medical Presentation – Non-CME
4:00 - 4:45 PM Break
4:45 - 5:15 PM Dr. Anderson: Early assessment of cancer: What to watch for

In this session Dr. Anderson will discuss the common presentations of patients who have cancer but do not know it yet. Ideas for screening and management / documentation will be discussed.

5:15 - 5:45 PM Clinical Panel: Assessment in Oncology

Your speakers will use the panel to discuss assessment topics and answer specific questions.

Morning Theme:

 

Food and Diet

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8:30 - 9:30 AM Dr. Abrams: Nutrition and Cancer Guidelines: Updated but are they Upgraded?

Dietary risks are now felt to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States today, surpassing hypertension and tobacco use. It is estimated that up to 40% of cancers may be related to overweight/obesity, again surpassing the contribution of tobacco use. The American Institute for Cancer Research/World Cancer Research Fund Guidelines on Cancer Prevention that are also applicable to survivors. This session will review the recommendations and the recent changes, focusing on data that supports or refutes the updated guidelines.

9:30 - 10:30 AM Dr. Price: Case Studies to build Specific Menus

Once patients DNA is assessed and key gene selected, practitioners can develop a list of beneficial foods to incorporate into the patient’s daily diet. List of foods are helpful but helping the patients to create menus that can daily be applies is extremely important to consistency and application. Foods must be tasty, familiar, and simple enough to make for a patient and caregivers that might already be taxed from treatment and stress of diagnosis. In this section we will build a menu based on the previous two case studies.

10:30 - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 - 12:15 PM Dr. Anderson: Diet through the Four Phases of Cancer

In this session Dr. Anderson will break down dietary interventions specific to the “four phases” of the cancer journey with a focus on the three active phases: Diagnosis through Active Treatment; Recovery from Active Treatment and Secondary Prevention.

12:15 - 12:45 PM Price: Implementing Food as Medicine – from Theory to Plate
12:45 - 1:15 PM Medical Presentation – Non-CME
1:15 - 2:30 PM Lunch

Afternoon Theme:

 

Breast and Prostate Cancer

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2:30 - 3:15 PM Dr. Espinosa: Prostate Cancer Part-1: Top therapeutics and recent updates

Most men after a certain age will develop prostate cancer (PrCa) and the need and demand for integrative management of the disease is at all-time high. This talk will summarize the different stages of PrCa and Dr. Geo’s clinical and science-based experience in treating it with naturopathic modalities. Lastly, he will talk about how and when naturopathic therapeutics is best utilized. Having seen thousands of PrCa patients, Dr. Geo will discuss what diets work, which ones don’t, supplements used and comanagement methods with the patients medical treatment.

3:15 - 3:45 PM Medical Presentation – Non-CME
3:45 - 4:30 PM Break
4:30 - 5:30 PM Dr. Tims: Breast cancer - Top therapeutics and recent updates

Breast cancer has become the most common type of malignant cancer in the US and incidence rates continue to rise with 284,000 new cases expected in 2021. Although new therapeutic options continue to improve disease-related outcomes, enhanced focus is needed to improve quality of life for patients currently living with breast cancer. This presentation will focus on recent updates in the management of breast cancer as well as clinical applications of the top supportive therapeutics such as intravenous nutrient and botanical therapies, diet and lifestyle modifications, and repurposed drugs.

5:30 - 6:00 PM Clinical Panel – Food as Medicine and Common Cancer Updates

Your speakers will use the panel to discuss assessment topics and answer specific questions.

Morning Theme:

 

Specific Cancer Therapeutics

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8:30 - 9:00 AM Dr. Espinosa: Prostate Cancer Part-2: The “other” Prostate Cancer.

Advanced PrCa seems to behave differently than low stage PrCa. As such, the treatment approach should be managed accordingly. Within the “advanced stage” category there are multiple sub types – advanced stage with no evidence of metastasis, metastasis to the bone and metastasis to soft tissue like liver and brain. We will discuss the different types and how to comanage such patients with naturopathic therapeutics.

9:00 - 9:30 AM Dr. Anderson: Prostate Cancer Part-3: Considerations in metastatic Prostate Cancer

In this session Dr. Anderson will discuss specific clinical observations treating advanced metastatic Prostate Cancer.

9:30 - 10:30 AM Dr. Espinosa: Prostate Cancer Cases

Case 1: A 62-year-old man diagnosed with low stage PrCa and considered a good candidate for Active Surveillance. He proceeds with Dr. Geo as his naturopathic doctor and follows his protocols. After two years subsequent prostate biopsy reveals no cancer found in his prostate. The protocol will be discussed including exercise regimen, diet and nutraceuticals.

Case 2: An 81-year-old patient who undergoes a prostatectomy to tend experience a recurrence of his cancer. Four years after his recurrence measured by the PSA test, he has not needed aggressive medical treatments and is experiencing great health into his mid-eighties.

10:30 - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 - 12:15 PM Dr. Abrams: Cannabis in Cancer Care

Cannabis has potential to be a useful adjunct to cancer care for symptom management, particularly addressing nausea, anorexia, pain, anxiety, and insomnia despite the lack of published data from randomized controlled trials in the medical literature related to the barriers in place to investigating this Schedule I substance. Physicians should be apprised of the preclinical data suggesting that cannabinoids may have anti-tumor effects and the lack of evidence that these promising findings have yet to translate into benefit for people living with cancer.

12:15 - 1:15 PM Dr. Tims: Cases in Lung and Colon Cancer
1:15 - 2:15 PM Lunch

Afternoon Theme:

 

Interventions in Integrative Oncology

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2:15 - 3:15 PM Dr. Abrams: Integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine into Holistic Cancer Care

TCM is an ancient system that incorporates nutrition, massage, physical activity, acupuncture and herbal therapies. Clinical trials have been published demonstrating benefits of TCM for a number of oncology patient symptoms while generally being regarded as safe. Increasing awareness of the principles and tools of TCM may increase communication as well as allow more patients to benefit from the TCM interventions.

3:15 - 4:15 PM Dr. Anderson: Cancer Therapeutics a discussion of “Starving Cancer” and “Repurposed Drugs” in Oncology.

In this session Dr. Anderson will discuss the popular ideas around “Starving Cancer”, the benefits and pitfalls of information around this popular movement, the science behind it, and common misconceptions patients have. He will also discuss the more common repurposed drugs used in cancer and their dosing.

 

4:15 - 4:30 PM Brief Comfort Break
4:30 - 5:00 PM Clinical Panel – Interventions in Integrative Oncology

Your speakers will use the panel to discuss assessment topics and answer specific questions.

5:00 PM Adjourn