Integration and appropriateness are the key words that govern the complexity of the cancer and healthcare system today.

Modern medicine, particularly in cancer care, is moving and developing based on synergies where the therapy is the result of increasingly complex and heterogeneous alliances and integrated networks centered on the well-being of the sick person.

On this solid foundation, the Traditional Acupuncture School of Florence with the Local Health Unit Tuscany Centre, the Association for the Research in Integrative Oncological Therapies (ARTOI) and the Tuscan Tumor Institute have organized this international conference.

In Tuscany, different actors such as the Traditional Acupuncture School of Florence, the Region of Tuscany with the innovative integration of complementary medicines in the public healthcare system, the Medical Association and University Medical Schools have worked for decades to strengthen this approach both at the institutional and regulatory level and to educate and train professionally modern operators. The perspective of bringing together different therapeutic approaches within a unique medicine has been ARTOI mission since its foundation more than 10 years ago.

The need to focus therapeutic strategies on the whole patient and not on a specific disease in a wide vision where nutrition, exercise, breathing techniques and lifestyles play a leading role to improve the man as a system – ensures to prevention a relevant space in our conference. Moreover, the congress is held in continuity with the Integrative Oncology Conference of November 2016, when over 400 medical doctors, oncologists and researchers met in Florence to discuss on integrative therapies for cancer patients.

Well-known oncologists and world experts and researchers in integrative medicine will meet once again in Florence next spring. All of them have supported for decades a scientific approach to cancer and brain illnesses such as stroke, and a rigorous but open concept of medicine shared also by the major health agencies such as the WHO and the Us NHI and continuously confirmed by the research.

On these solid grounds, top world cancer hospitals such as the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York have integrated CM therapies when appropriate and evidence-based into mainstream treatments for cancer patients.

We are therefore excited to share three intense days of science and culture with guests from all over the world, and hope that many colleagues will actively participate in this great event.

Franco Cracolici
Sonia Baccetti
Massimo Bonucci

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