Talking to Kids about Cancer

As a parent of young or adolescent children, it is especially hard to receive a diagnosis of cancer. It raises all kinds of worries and concerns and one of the first is what should I tell the children? Learn more »

Healthy Body Weight

Increasing evidence suggests that a healthy body weight is very important to your quality of life. Body Mass Index (BMI) is the ratio of your height to your weight, and ideally, should be between 19 and 24.9. A BMI above 25 is considered overweight and above 30 is considered obese. Learn more »

Prescription: Laughter

Have you ever felt guilty when you were having a bit of fun after cancer has been diagnosed in your family? Cancer is a serious illness that requires serious treatment; however, maintaining psychological well-being is an important part of the healing experience. Learn more »

How Walking May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Physical activity, even including walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, encouraging new science shows, in part, it seems, by changing how her body deals with estrogen. Learn more »

Survivor Support Groups

After treatment is a particularly good time to join a support group because many people experience some degree of anxiety as their medical treatments wind down and they begin to re-enter a life that is not dictated by weekly visits to a medical center. Learn more »

Anne Coscarelli, PhD, Wins 2013 Clinical Care Award

Anne Coscarelli, director of the Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology and member of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Clinical Care Award by the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Learn more »

Join the Birthday Celebration Fundraising Club!

Recently we launched our new birthday fundraiser initiative, and have had our very first participant report back on how it went. Rae reached out to the Center a few weeks before her 65th birthday in the hope of having a Birthday with a Purpose. Rae wanted to raise funds for the Center that means so much to her as a cancer survivor. Learn more »

Spice it up!

There are many foods that we associate with the Holiday season that are flavored with spices that were originally added to foods to increase shelf life before the era of refrigeration. These same spices have properties of the 3 A’s: Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory and Anticarcinogenic. Learn more »

Cancer Survival and the Tyranny of Positivity

By Jeff Tirengel, Psy.D., MPH // I was diagnosed and hospitalized with an aggressive form of lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, in December 2009. While still in the hospital, I began to hear from family mem­bers, friends, and colleagues, including fellow psychologists, that I was the kind of indi­vidual who was likely to do well under these circumstances. Learn more »

Skin Health During Treatment

Many newer chemotherapy agents, including EGFR inhibitors such as Cetuximab (Erbitux), may trigger a skin rash in certain people. This is most likely due to a delayed T-cell response, and is thought to indicate the effectiveness of the reaction. Learn more »