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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 »

When Cancer Calls into Question Everything You Thought You Knew

By Michael Eselun, BCC, Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology This article was written for and originally published in Coping with Cancer Magazine, and is reprinted with permission. Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in Learn more »

Antioxidant Supplements and Cancer

Antioxidant rich foods include citrus fruits, berries, papaya, broccoli, kale and spinach.  A diet  containing these foods on a regular basis has been associated with good health.   Studies into how antioxidant supplements of beta carotene, vitamins C and E may provide benefit in cancer prevention have been mainly negative with some notable harmful effects.  Antioxidant Learn more »

“The Forgotten Side of Cancer”

In January 2017, the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology will begin its 24th year.  We have always been focused on evidenced-based approaches to living with a cancer diagnosis.  One of our board members, Jim Ellison, eloquently described the Center’s relationship to cancer treatment as “Medicine Alone is not Enough.” It is no surprise Learn more »

Cancer and the Holidays

By Michael Eselun, BCC, Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology As a chaplain walking beside folks living with cancer, there’s one thing I find in common with nearly everyone’s experience—there’s no shortage of people in our individual worlds it seems, who are so eager to tell us what to do, how to feel, what to eat, Learn more »