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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

Summer is now here and we are using Sunscreen with greater frequency but don’t have a strong sense of what our bodies are absorbing. Skin cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States so prevention is Key to ensuring the safety of our wellness. This Podcast called Getting Curious hosted by Netflix star, Jonathan Van Ness, speaks with Dr. Newsom who is a professor of dermatology at UCLA Health Santa Clarita about the significance of sunscreen use and goes into depth of what is in sunscreen. You might remember Dr. Newsom from a previous Insights

The biggest change for most of us as cancer patients was that moment when we were told we had cancer. In a completely incomprehensible whirl of medical terms, many describe that moment where we stopped listening, frozen in this new reality and what it might mean. We may recall hearing that neuroendocrine cancer is a manageable disease. This is the beginning of a long relationship with change – change in our bodies, change in our perspective on life and what really matters. For many, it’s also the beginning of loss – loss of previous

The piece below was featured by UCLA Health. To read more inspiring stories about the patients, families, volunteers and communities of UCLA Health visit https://connect.uclahealth.org/. “We look at alternatives to cancer-y things,” says Kristine Knudsen. “People don’t want to have to wear something that is ‘good enough.’ Our head coverings are the perfect example of a range of prices and solutions. We have hats designed for surfers, yoga community head coverings, custom turbans designed by a Los Angeles woman and Anokhi Indian cotton scarves. Many of our vendors work with us and allow us to ask for special prices because

On April 29, 2019, Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology chaplain, Michael Eselun, BCC, was one of seven inducted to the 2019 class of the UCLA Eudaimonia Society. The Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Eudaimonia Society was created to recognize members of the UCLA community who exemplify Eudaimonia by living a life full of purpose and meaning. Michael was nominated by 10 members of the UCLA community and selected for his compassion and ability to help cancer patients find meaning and hope in their experience. In addition to the induction to the UCLA Eudaimonia Society, Michael was also selected as a

My goal is to inform them with science-based information, help them gain a feeling of master, and have them leave feeling inspired and uplifted. Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS, MNT, Integrative Oncology Specialist at Simms/Mann Center Our Integrative Oncology Specialist, Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS, MNT, was interviewed for an article regarding Cancer and Nutrition in UCLA Vital Signs Summer 2019 | Issue 83. You will find the article below. For more articles from UCLA Vital Signs visit their website. Historically, cancer patients have been counseled on the importance of maintaining their body weight in the face of

The piece below was featured by UCLA Health. To read more inspiring stories about the patients, families, volunteers and communities of UCLA Health visit https://connect.uclahealth.org/. “We’re helping people see themselves in a different light and discover how beautiful they are,” says Kristine Knudsen, pictured left. Kristine, along with Angela Castro, is a certified mastectomy fitter in the Reflections Boutique at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Angela says, “A mastectomy is when a woman has her breast tissue removed, and a lumpectomy will be a portion of her breast removed. We fit patients for compression bras to

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