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Curcumin May Improve Memory and Happiness!

Curcumin, which gives curry its bright yellow color, could elevate your mood, and improve your memory, according to a study by the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. It is an Indian herb and derivative of turmeric, that has been used for flavoring food, preserving food, and as an herbal remedy. Over the 18-month study, adults Learn more »

Immunotherapy and the Gut Microbiome (what you eat may play a vital role in the success of new immune checkpoint therapies)

At a recent European Oncology meeting in Barcelona attention was drawn to the relevance of the microbiome in the success of cancer immunotherapy.  More studies are needed to identify which species of probiotics or microbes that provide health benefits are responsible for these findings and what type of supportive diet or prebiotics is required however; Learn more »

Finding Meaning Through Breast Cancer

By: Valentina Ogaryan, PhD A woman sat across from me, tearful, with a distant look in her eyes, and shared, “I know I should be happy. It’s done and everyone keeps saying it’s time that I get back to my life. I just can’t. What now?” This was a disclosure filled with so much confusion Learn more »

Negative Perceptions of Cancer Clinical Trials Persist

The Cancer Support Community (CSC), a nonprofit organization, recently announced the results of its studies regarding perceptions of clinical trials among cancer survivors during the 2017 American Psychological Association Annual Convention. From a study of over 3000 participants, results showed that negative perceptions of clinical trials and low participation in trials still persist. Furthermore, these Learn more »

Nearly Half of Cancer Caregivers Experience Substantial Anxiety and Feel Unprepared

The Cancer Support Community (CSC), a nonprofit organization, recently announced the results of its studies from the Cancer of Experience Registry of cancer caregivers, during the 2017 American Psychological Association Annual Convention. From a study of 149 caregivers, results discussed that cancer caregivers experienced substantial anxiety (48% of respondents) and elevated fatigue (37%). Other top Learn more »

Tai Chi is an Effective Treatment for Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors are more than two times more likely to have insomnia, which is characterized by symptoms like difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently, or the inability to fall back asleep. Due to these effects, women may experience compromised functioning during the day. The “gold standard” therapy for breast cancer survivors is currently cognitive Learn more »

New Simms/Mann Center-Angie’s Spa Healing Touch Program

Fatigue is a form of extreme tiredness that is common for cancer patients as they go through treatments. It can be caused by poor sleep, decreased quality of life, and stressful situations brought about by having cancer. Although therapies focused on fatigue are limited, the healing touch of acupressure and massage have been shown to Learn more »

Spices and Nutrition

Carolyn Katzin, the Simms/Mann Integrative Wellness/Nutrition Specialist at the UCLA Simms/Mann Integrative Oncology Center presented on “Spices and Nutrition” on April 18th, 2017 at the 2017 UCLA Women’s Health Conference. Access the PDF of her slides here: Spices and Nutrition – Carolyn Katzin

Remembering Lori McConaghy Newman

Lori Newman was a remarkable person who decided early on in her cancer experience that the cancer would not define who she was in this world. Lori was a gifted artist and designer.  However, if you asked her, she might say that her best creative accomplishments are her sons, Rye and Brett.  One might infer Learn more »