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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. Click the link to view Greg's webinar. Upon providing your name and email address, you will be given access to the webinar. About the symposium: You will have an opportunity to learn from an extraordinary line-up of speakers about

When Sydney Siegel, a social worker at the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, learned in March that UCLA’s infusion clinics would no longer allow visitors — even for first-time chemo patients — she was determined to help offset that loss of support.“For many people, having a loved one by your side on that first day — whether a family member or friend — that physical presence is so important,” she said.As she brainstormed with co-workers, Siegel recalled the many patients she’d seen in counseling who had asked what they could do to support others with cancer. She also thought about

On January 27, 2021, The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research hosted a celebration and conversation with three long-term survivors of pancreatic cancer, Philip, Michelle and Donna. Our Clinical Psychologist, Elizabeth Cleary, PhD, moderated this inspiring talk as these survivors tell their stories. From The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research YouTube page: Our guests shared how they have dealt with the highs and lows of their cancer journey. We got insights into how they weather the bumps in the road as well as how they achieve and appreciate the wins. The panel also addressed audience submitted questions for a helpful discussion

From the UCLA Arts and Architecture website: This fall, the School of the Arts and Architecture returns with 10 Questions: Reckoning, the third installment of the annual event series that invites the public to join UCLA students in the virtual classroom to engage in vibrant conversation alongside leading faculty and distinguished alumni from across the university. With COVID-19, the climate crisis, social and political turmoil unlike anything we have seen in a generation, and, of course, a presidential election on our minds, we will be asking our most urgent set of questions yet. The session, titled “What is Loss?” features: Michael Eselun, BCC, our

On April 21, 2017, our Integrative Nutrition Specialist, Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS, MNT, gave a lecture to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as part of their Music and Medicine Program called “Optimal Nutrition for Musicians.” From the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine website: The Music and Medicine series is a collaboration between the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and the UCLA Integrative East-West Musician Wellness Program, bringing doctors from the world-renowned UCLA Health System together with UCLA student and faculty musicians. The initiative seeks to enhance understanding and destigmatize common health issues, increase awareness of the outstanding medical resources

On December 8, 2020, LACNETS asked our chaplain, Michael Eselun, BCC, to give his talk titled “Restringing the Beads of Our Own Story.” From the LACNETS website: The mission of the Los Angeles Carcinoid Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (LACNETS), a program by Generate Possibility, is to provide a community of support and education for patients/those with neuroendocrine cancer and to advocate for all people impacted by this rare disease by expanding awareness and by voicing the patient’s perspective in collaborative dialogue with healthcare professionals.

The Socal Women’s Cancer Conference presented by the Riverside Community Health Foundation was held in October 2020. Our Integrative oncology specialist, Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS, MNT, and staff clinician, Sharon Loewenbein, LCSW, were asked to be speakers for this conference. Both of their talks are now available to view on the conference website. Registration is free and required to access both talks and the other resources provided by the Conference. About The Talks This talk discusses how to improve your well-being during and after a diagnosis of cancer, how nutrition plays a critical role in support of the treatment of cancer and

On October 31, 2020, we hosted “Supporting Each Other Through Cancer: A Family Conversation” This conversation featured: Ashley Bartell | Head of Production at Modern Post, Breast Cancer Survivor Ali Rogin | Journalist & Previvor, Author of "Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss: 30 Powerful Stories" Teddy Seraphine-Leonard | Advisory Board Member – Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, Survivor Danny Seraphine | Legendary Jazz-Rock Drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Max Weinberg | Survivor & Musician, Drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Moderated by Kauser Ahmed, PhD, Director of the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology Our

On October 25, 2020, Staff Clinician, Greg Flaxman, LCSW, MPH conducted a session on Mindfulness and Meditation during Lymphoma Research Foundation's 25th Annual North American Educational Forum on Lymphoma. His session is now available on the Educational Forum’s website. Registration is free and required to access Greg’s session and the other resources provided by the Educational Forum. Visit https://lrfedforum.vfairs.com/ to register! Greg’s session can be found in the Auditorium section under 25th October. These sessions will only be available for three months so you don’t want to miss out! From the Lymphoma Research Foundation Website: “The North American Educational Forum on Lymphoma is the

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

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