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On December 9, 2021, LACNETS asked our chaplain, Michael Eselun, BCC, to give his talk titled “Riding the Cancer Wave—Spiritually Speaking.” About the talk: Riding the Cancer Wave—Spiritually Speaking: The journey through cancer is not unlike riding a wave—peaks, valleys, wipe outs, and even sublime thrills. No wave is exactly like another, and each surfer has a unique style and way to navigate the wave and all its surprises. Michael explores the qualities he’s observed that help patients and families ride the cancer wave with greater ease. He shares what can sometimes happen when lifelong beliefs meet the

On October 8, 2021, our Integrative Oncology Specialist, Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS, MNT spoke to an Osteoporosis Support Group.  In “Strong Women, Strong Bones”, Carolyn discussed how bones provide structure as well as how they support blood cell development and immunity.  To learn more about the osteoporosis support group, visit https://bodysolveit.com/osteoporosis-support

From the UCLA Arts and Architecture website: This fall, the School of the Arts and Architecture returns with 10 Questions: If not now, when?, the fourth installment of the annual event series invites the public to join UCLA students, faculty, alumni, and community members in the virtual classroom to engage in vibrant conversation and consider how best to chart a path forward. UCLA 10 Questions will bring together some of the most compelling thinkers from UCLA and beyond in an effort to consider the actions we can take to address the kinds of personal, familial, communal, and global healing that is called

“Cultural competency, where health care providers strive to deliver services that meet the linguistic, social, regional and cultural needs of patients, is one of the pillars of the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology.”Excerpt from UCLA Health Connect - Fighting Cancer With The Right Mental Health Support UCLA Health Connect recently posted a story titled, “Fighting Cancer with the right mental health support” about one patient’s experience at UCLA Health Cancer Care in Burbank. This story highlights the care that Simms/Mann Center provides to all of the UCLA cancer clinics. Dr. Kauser Ahmed, our director, and Dr. Valentina Ogaryan, staff psychologist, were

The Atlantic writer and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Caitlin Flanagan, was recently interviewed during Morning Joe on MSNBC. They discuss the addictive nature of Twitter and the importance of social media breaks, writing about her battle with cancer and why she says you can be cranky and angry while on chemotherapy. During the interview, she talks about her Atlantic article called, “I’ll Tell you the Secret of Cancer”. She shares her experience about understanding her cancer diagnosis and how the Simms/Mann Center helped her.

On September 14, 2021, we hosted a webinar with Cancer Kinship in Spanish called “Foro de Resiliencia: Abordando el bienestar nutricional, físico y emocional de personas con cancer. Foro de la resiliencia - September 14, 2021 from Simms/Mann UCLA Center on Vimeo. Temáticas y Conferencistas: Cuidado Nutricional – Presentado por Luisa Sabogal, RDN. Abogando por si Mismo en su Cuidado Medico – Presentado por la Dra. María García–Jiménez, Becaria de Oncología en UCLA. Bienestar Emocional – Presentado por Sharon Loewenbein, LCSW. Este foro sera facilitado por Yoli Origel, sobreviviente de cáncer de 14 años y directora de Cancer Kinship. En este foro

As food is one of the few areas over which cancer survivors have some control, it is important to recognize which diet modifications may be helpful, and which may simply reflect a bargaining aspect of adjusting to a cancer diagnosis. (For example: If I am strict with my diet, perhaps this will just all go away.)While this thought process is understandable, it’s a good idea to look at what the science tells us. Let’s see if there may be some sensible and empowering diet changes you can make without taking away the enjoyment of eating.Excerpt from Coping With Cancer Article

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine A4M/MMI held their International Brain Health Summit in June 2021. Our chaplain, Michael Eselun, BCC, was a featured speaker for this event. They have made Michael’s talk, “Riding the Wave of Life” available for viewing online. About the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine A4M/MMI International Brain Health Summit: Rooted in the most groundbreaking research available and developed in direct response to the current neurological medical crisis, the Brain Health Summit will review these major aspects of brain function (Memory, Mood, Mobility, and Mojo) and address the common clinical issues encountered in daily practice. This cutting-edge meeting

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine A4M/MMI recently interviewed our chaplain, Michael Eselun, BCC, for their Redefining Medicine Podcast. From the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine A4M/MMI: Founded in 1992 by Dr. Ronald Klatz and Dr. Robert Goldman, A4M is rooted in a forward-focused mission to redefine modern medicine, The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is the established global leader for continuing medical education in longevity medicine, metabolic resilience, and whole-person care. The Metabolic Medical Institute (MMI) serves as a branch of A4M that delivers graduate level education designed to produce the complete practitioner in all aspects of anti-aging medicine. MMI has

In April 2021, Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network (BMT InfoNet) hosted their 2021 Celebrating a Second Chance at Life Survivorship Symposium. Our staff clinician, Greg Flaxman, LCSW, MPH, conducted a webinar titled “How Mindfulness Can Help Relieve Stress” Greg shares how acceptance-based practices, like mindfulness and meditation, can reduce stress and improve quality of life, and how to integrate this into your daily life. About the symposium: You will have an opportunity to learn from an extraordinary line-up of speakers about how to manage the joys and challenges of surviving a transplant From the BMT InfoNet website: Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network (BMT

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