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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 Join 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

The UCLA School of Arts and Architecture presented an interdisciplinary 10 session public event called 10 Questions: Centennial Edition. It featured a panel of  experts across the university that engaged in conversations of life’s biggest questions, such as "What Matters?", "What is Knowledge?", "What is Love?" and "What is Creativity?" The 10th and final session, titled "What Matters?" features: Michael Eselun, BCC, our chaplainKristy Edmunds, artist, curator and executive and artistic director of Center for the Art of Performance UCLA (CAP UCLA) Ali Behdad, professor of literature and director of the Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA To read the KCET event

We are pleased to share with you our wonderful workshops/lecture in the coming weeks. October 15, 2019 Insights Into Cancer Lecture - Breast Cancer 2019 Speaker: Rena Callahan, MD Location: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium (Room B130) Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Rena Callahan, MD will review breast cancer treatment then, now, and in the future in a way that is easy to understand so that patients and their families are armed with information to ensure that they have the most current and effective treatment plan. October 24, 2019 Improving Sleep from A to Zzzz Facilitator: Valentina Ogaryan, PhD Location: Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology Time: 1:00pm -

When you were an intern at Simms/Mann, what were some of your most memorable experiences as a student? From whom did you learn? I remember being amazed by the staff's dedication to their patients – always going above and beyond to provide the best care possible. I learned so much from the clinical staff who are extremely skilled, especially from Kauser (Kauser Ahmed, Ph.D., Director), who was my primary supervisor. She taught me to be attuned to the unique needs of each patient and to bring my full and authentic self to each session. Also equally important, I learned from my

UCLA Health is the first academic medical center to extend cancer services to this area. The new center helps us meet the community’s growing healthcare needs by providing services closer to where people live and work. Brian DiCarlo, MD, Head physician and a medical oncologist and hematologist at UCLA Health Community Cancer Center in San Luis Obispo UCLA Health's UNews recently published a story on the community cancer care center opened in San Luis Obispo in March 2019. This center is staffed by Dr. Brian DiCarlo and Dr. Deborah Villa. UCLA Health is committed to making

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