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On May 9th, 2015, renowned UCLA physicians who currently practice locally in the community were invited to share the absolute latest medical breakthroughs and treatments covering a broad spectrum of women's health issues at UCLA Women's Health Conference. Attendees of this event were educated about important topics, empowering them for better health and to allow everybody to engage with a community of female peers and experts, as well as learn tips to improve overall health. Special guest speakers included Simms/Mann Center's Integrative Oncology Specialist Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS. You'll find video footage of her speaking on "Fighting Cancer with a Fork" below. Carolyn

On Saturday, June 20th, Face Off With Cancer hosted a special 3-on-3 tournament and skills challenge to raise money and awareness for the cancer community. On top of holding this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, money was given to members of the Southern California hockey community that have been affected by cancer. Simms/Mann - UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology was chosen as a beneficiary of this wonderful event after being nominated by Reiko Han, who has benefited from services provided at the Center and is also involved with Face Off With Cancer. “It was my pleasure. I nominated Simms/Mann because

Summer is finally here! Try out these fantastic summertime recipes from Simms/Mann Center’s Integrative Oncology Specialist Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS that are both nutritious and delicious. For more healthy tips and recipes to incorporate nutritional powerhouses into your diet to help combat cancer one recipe at a time, purchase “The Everything Cancer-Fighting Cookbook” at: Carolyn also provides special educational programs for patients and family members to develop an individually tailored nutritional plan to optimize wellness. She has an extensive background in nutrition, integrative medicine, preventative health and complementary care. To schedule an appointment, email For more information, go to: Grilled Salmon

When going through chemotherapy, patients may experience hair loss from drugs damaging hair follicles and preventing cells in the roots to help hair grow. It is a side effect that is feared by both men and women. Depending on the type and dose of medication you receive, patients will either lose little, none, or a lot of hair. Fortunately, hair loss from chemotherapy is usually temporary and hair can be expected to regrow about 3 to 6 months after treatment ends. Other possible expectations include hair loss about 2 to 4 weeks after starting chemotherapy and your scalp feeling tender. Looking

Qi Gong is a form of moving meditation that has been shown to have a positive impact on the quality of life for people living with cancer. Unlike other forms of exercise, Qi Gong doesn’t require much physical exertion yet it still helps to improve your health and maintain wellness while also increasing your physical strength, flexibility, balance and personal well-being. The goal is to be properly aligned and to feel more relaxed and comfortable. Cancer and its treatments affect all areas of your life. It can produce significant emotional distress and stress. Qi Gong has been shown to provide positive

[caption id="attachment_5270" align="alignright" width="300"] Oncology counselor and intern N. Cherie Nassi, daughter Alina Nassi, and supervisor and licensed clinical social worker Suzanne Levanas who came to show her support for Alina’s lemonade stand fundraiser for the Simms/Mann UCLA Center.[/caption] With generous efforts from many, the Simms/Mann UCLA Center is gratefully able to accept donations from cancer patients, family and friends to help support our services. With this money we are able to help patients and families touched by cancer because we understand that medicine is not enough… psychological, nutritional and spiritual needs must be addressed. The Center is appreciative of the

Insomnia and abnormal sleep-wake cycles are a common complaint in patients with cancer and cancer survivors. Studies show that 15% of the general population is faced with insomnia, where as 30% to 50% of those with cancer report having trouble sleeping. Despite its frequency, another study has found that only 16% of patients with insomnia informed their healthcare provider about the problem, and many practitioners failed to ask about sleep. Some reasons cancer patients and survivors have a hard time sleeping include physical effects from cancer treatments, and side effects of drugs that they are taking. Another cause of having trouble

After cancer treatment has ended, it is hard to not worry about cancer coming back. There’ll be reminders of your cancer experience when you have to see your doctor for follow ups. You may also have side effects from the treatments that bring back memories of what you went through. Some may find that it takes time to adjust to life after cancer, but there are resources out there to help cancer survivors live life to the fullest. Some steps you can take to help move on after treatments include: Keep all of your medical information handy for when and if you

Easter is a great occasion for brunch with family and friends. Include healthy and delicious foods for your festivities in the upcoming weeks as spring approaches. Read on for some suggested recipes featured in “The Cancer Nutrition Center Handbook”. This book was written by Simms/Mann UCLA Center’s Integrative Oncology Specialist Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS, MNT. For more healthy tips and recipes to guide you through cancer treatment using specific nutritional advice for over 100 identified chemotherapy agents, purchase the book at: Carolyn also provides special educational programs for patients and family members to develop an individually tailored nutritional plan to optimize

When a cancer diagnosis is received, the question arises about who to tell and when to tell. There is no absolute rule; instead it is a personal decision that involves many factors. We do know that people who share the news tend to get support from those with whom they share the information, and these people can become key sources of support and encouragement through the cancer journey. Hiding a diagnosis of cancer can become more difficult for a patient and the few family such as a spouse or partner who may know. Energy level and physical changes may become apparent

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