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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 »

My friend or loved one has cancer… What should I say? What should I do?

When a friend or family member is diagnosed with cancer, those around them are often at a loss about what to say or do to help. Simms/Mann Center Director, Anne Coscarelli, has accumulated a wealth of information from professionals and patients about the wonderful things that people have said or done – as well as a few horror stories. Learn more »

Soup

If your only experience with soup involves a can opener and microwave, it’s time to take this wonderful and nutritious meal a little more seriously. Learn more »

Inflammatory Processes and Cancer

Anti-inflammatory foods are important for everyone, and are especially important for those dealing with cancer. Anti-inflammatory foods fight inflammatory processes. Learn more »

In Sickness and In Health: Cancer and Couples

Cancer is a couple’s disease. It affects the psychological well-being of each person, requires both partners to utilize coping strategies, and can affect the dynamic relationship between partners. Navigating cancer requires commitment on the part of patients and partners. Learn more »

Building a Healing Toolbox

Imagine a tool box—paint it whatever color you like, decorate it with any symbols you choose, imagine its many compartments—in which various tools are stored and new ones can be added to facilitate improving wellness, wellbeing, meaning, and quality of life. Learn more »