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On August 12, 2020, the UCLA Health Integrative Medicine Collaborative hosted a webinar about our food choices in the COVID-19 pandemic era. The talk was presented by our Integrative Oncology Specialist, Carolyn Katzin. She reviewed how nutrition plays an important role in maintaining health during this unprecedented challenge to immunity. She focused on how to affirm the value of nurturing our wellbeing with foods that support our health. Immunity and How our Immune System Works Carolyn discusses: What is Immunity? How does it work and what nutrients supports immune effectiveness? How age and chronic inflammation affect this? (Immunosenescence) Microbiome and Effects on Immunity Carolyn

Legacy is often seen as something of the past,” Siegel said. “This program reframes legacy as constant, ongoing and involves, not just looking back, but also looking forward. This helps patients take an active role in creating their own legacy while deepening their appreciation of their value, their influence, their core essence, and what is most important in their lives. The above is an excerpt from an article by UCLA Health and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center on the Rippling Reflections program.  This program was developed by Sydney Siegel, staff clinician, and Geoffrey Corner, psychology intern. Click here to read the full article. Click

Despite these challenging time, your healthcare team wants to hear from you about any new symptoms, concerns or questions you may have. They are as available to you as ever, and strongly encourage you to stay in touch so that they can continue to work with you to keep your health and wellbeing everyone’s top priority ! Similarly, the Simms/Mann Center is here to support you; Don’t hesitate to reach out. Cancer & COVID-19 - Clinician Suggestions from Simms/Mann UCLA Center on Vimeo.

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Research recently invited Simms/Mann Clinician Elizabeth Cleary, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist to lead one of their free webinars and share important information to help improve and maintain one’s overall well-being during COVID-19. The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Research is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, providing information, resources, and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families. In addition to supporting many research programs, the Hirschberg Foundation provides support to the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology to ensure patients with pancreatic cancer and their families can take advantage of the Center’s resources, most of

Written by Tammy M. Beran, PhD. Dr. Beran is a Psychologist and former Simms Mann trainee who specializes in how to support those impacted by health challenges and coping with isolation. With our entire country a few weeks into physically distancing, the morale and mental health of everyone, especially those who live alone and/or who are in high-risk groups, is on my mind. As both a mental health professional and a person who has experienced a great deal of social isolation due to my own medical problems, I have learned many strategies for helping people cope with extra time alone and physical

The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challenges and disabilities. The Chronic Illness on the Mighty features stories about Chronic Illness. Our Chaplain, Michael Eselun, BCC, was interviewed by For Grace founder Cynthia Toussant for her series about pain and cancer and how they connect.

Living to 100 Club with Joseph M Casciani, PhD is a weekly show on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel. The Living to 100 Club offers fresh and inspiring perspectives on aging successfully, no matter how much help we may need adapting to growing older. The show completed a 3-part series of exploring oncology, patients with cancer, and their treatment. Each episode features an interview with one of our Simms/Mann Clinicians (our director, Kauser, Ahmed, PhD, our integrative oncology specialist, Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS, MNT, and our chaplain, Michael Eselun, BCC). Resilience through Uncertainty: Living Well through a Cancer Diagnosis Episode

Here are a list of helpful resources that our clinicians have shared to help with the challenges faced during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have created a page containing Mindfulness Apps and tools. Calm has made a number of their resources available for FREE to anyone feeling stressed during this time of uncertainty. The FREE Coronavirus Sanity Guide by Ten Percent Happier provides practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear and anxiety. Yoga with Adriene is a YouTube Channel that provides high-quality FREE yoga videos for all levels, all bodies, and all genders. The Shine App has created a FREE Coronavirus Anxiety toolkit with resources

Our Integrative Oncology Specialist, Carolyn Katzin, has created a guide for foods and supplements that may be helpful in supporting your immune response. Carolyn also posted her Immuno-Soup recipe. This soup is an excellent source of Vitamin C, A, B6, B1, B2, Folate, Calcium, and Iron. It is also a good source of Niacin and Zinc. Cancer.net posted - "Coronavirus 2019: What People With Cancer Need to Know". American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)'s patient information website -- Cancer.Net -- provides timely, oncologist-approved information to help patients and families make informed health care decisions. UCLA Health has also created a Coronavirus information

This October, the Simms/Mann center received 100 donated self-care boxes that we are distributing to patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer. We received the boxes from Sparks, a global brand experience agency headquartered in Philadelphia as part of their annual “Women in Events Week.” Women in Events Week hosts networking events for women in marketing nationwide. Each year during this event, Sparks picks a charitable organization to partner with in the spirit of empowering women and giving back. This year, they chose to partner with Unite for Her, a breast cancer resource center also located in Philadelphia that creates self-care

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