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Celebrating for a Cause

Feel good this year by helping to provide free cancer care while celebrating your special occasions! The Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology depends on the donations of generous individuals to sustain our organizational operations which allow us to provide important services and resources at no fee to our patients. Through individually tailored supportive care, Learn more »

Citrus Nutrition Information & Recipes

Citrus fruit belong to the family of Rutaceae and include Oranges (Sweet and Bitter), Mandarins, Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit. Tangerines and Clementines are cultivars of Mandarins, a group of citrus fruit that are easy to peel. Citrus fruit originated in China hence the name Mandarin. Tangerines, Citrus reticulate, were first cultivated in North Africa hence its Learn more »

Young Woman Values Psychosocial Support

This is the story about the power of one person and the impact that she is having on many patients who will receive a diagnosis of cancer as her family did twice; once with her father, Michael Lenvin, and once with her mother, Gail Lenvin. After losing both of her parents to cancer, Amanda Lenvin, Learn more »

Facing Cancer with Your Significant Other

Getting a cancer diagnosis can be very stressful for you and your partner or spouse. Both the patient and the partner or spouse receives the diagnosis and it can impact all parts of the relationship. Understanding the impact on each of you is the beginning of figuring out how you will work together and support Learn more »

Understanding Cancer Myths and Misconceptions

Certain cancer myths have a way of spreading even though they are scientifically incorrect. The problem with this arises when people avoid good prevention and valuable treatment options based off of these myths and misconceptions. Below are some commonly shared false beliefs to be aware of: Cancer is a death sentence – Passing away from Learn more »

Companioning the Bereaved

To be a companion to the bereaved means being totally present to the mourner by offering a safe place for them to embrace their feelings. This safe place also allows the companion to be truly present to another person’s intimate pain. Tears and sorrow, with the listening and sharing of experiences, can bring about very Learn more »

Exercise and Meditation: Powerful Mood Regulators

There is a growing body of literature that discusses the benefits of exercise and meditation. There are physical and psychological benefits of each of the techniques. In a recent study published in Translational Psychiatry, these two interventions were combined into a structured intervention for individuals with major depressive disorder.   After only 8 weeks, people with Learn more »

Muscle Mass and Nutrition for Cancer Patients

Oncology nutrition is important during one’s cancer treatment.  Sarcopenia is the medical term for loss of muscle mass. Muscle mass can be lost in patients of all weights whether you are thin, average or even in patients who are very overweight. Why is muscle mass so important? A recent study published in the Proceedings of Learn more »

Eating Well during Cancer Treatment

By Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS “What should I eat now?” After a cancer diagnosis, most people want to know what changes they should make in their diet. After all, eating is one of the few areas that cancer survivors can exercise control over once a diagnosis has been made and treatment begins. The 80/20 Rule Learn more »

Savoring the Good Things in Life

Research shows that it is not always true that when people have good experiences, they naturally feel joy for it. By focusing on becoming mindfully engaged and aware of feelings in the moment, the results can help in increasing happiness in one’s life. Some benefits can include stronger relationships, improved health mentally and physically, and Learn more »