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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

In September, Valentina Ogaryan, PhD, staff psychologist, had the honor of giving a guest lecture to the professionals and students at Yerevan State University in Armenia on the topic of Psycho-Oncology within Armenian communities. Dr. Ogaryan was able to share her experiences practicing psycho-oncology at Simms/Mann Center. Since the practice of psycho-oncology in Armenia is in its early stages, the lecture included a lively discussion on the complex topic. Founded in 1919, Yerevan State University is the oldest and largest continuously operating public university in Armenia. Yerevan State University has an enrollment range of 15,000-20,000 students and offers courses and programs

Like so many of my spiritual care colleagues, I freely use such language with confidence—terms like “magic.” These are experiences I crave, experiences I’ve had—experiences that have filled my life and my work with meaning. Those of us who provide spiritual care will often fashion our conversations around what is so often the ineffable in life—sometimes offering only approximations at best, given the limitations of language. We think we know what we mean when we use words like—Love. Grace. Oneness. Faith. Divine. Sacred. Mystery. Spirituality. Magic. Big concepts, to be sure, and even bigger ideas to embody—or at least to

We are excited to introduce to you our new, graduate-level social work and psychology interns (James, Tara, Joan, and Julian) for the 2019-2020 training year. They, along with returning interns Mark and Geoff, will be providing psychosocial support for our patients and families with the supervision of our staff clinicians. We look forward to supporting their continued growth as psycho-oncology specialists, and we know they will contribute in valuable ways to the Simms/Mann-UCLA community.

At every doctor visit you are probably encouraged to be active and exercise. Cancer can significantly affect your ability to exercise but it is not impossible to develop or maintain an exercise regimen. There are plenty of different options when it comes to physical activity whether it is a high intensity workout, weight training, or something lower intensity, such as walking. If you want to start something new we always recommend that you consult your doctor to make sure it’s appropriate for you, given your diagnosis and treatment. Here is some advice from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network when you

Financial toxicity describes the problems a patient has related to the cost of medical care. We understand that the cost of medical care not only causes financial problems but also affects a patient’s quality of life. At the center, we are able to provide the majority of our services to individuals and their families free of charge through generous donations. The LA Times recently posted an op ed written by Dr. Fumiko Chino and Dr. Nathan Gray. Dr. Chino shared her story on cancer and financial toxicity through comic book illustrations by Dr. Gray. One of the

On May 19, 2019, the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative held their 3rd Annual UCLA Cannabis Research Symposium. Of their many fact-filled lectures, these two may be of special interest to you. Remember, they are “academic lectures,” so not a 3-minute soundbite! However, if you want evidence-based information, here it is! Cannabis Use in Oncology by Dr Noah Federman Cannabis Use in the Aging Population by Dr Gary Small The UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative (UCLA-CRI) is one of the first academic programs in the world dedicated to the study of cannabis. They study the therapeutic potential and health risks of cannabis on the body,

"Mindfulness isn't difficult. We just need to remember to do it." -Sharon Salzberg Everyone deals with their own battles day to day, but dealing with cancer is a battle in itself. Most of us work long schedules so finding a way of meditating on the go can always be convenient and effective. A well-known Meditation app called Headspace has held a good reputation by patients. It helps it's listeners by giving bite-sized guided meditations to tackle a variety of struggles whether it be stress, anxiety, etc and the best part is its free to join. If ever curious check

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