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On Mother's Day (May 12, 2019), Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 Honorary Bat Girl, Jessica Krouner, threw the first pitch before the Dodger's game against the Washington Nationals. After being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, Jessica is cancer free. She received her treatment at UCLA. Jessica feels it is important to create awareness of breast cancer in young women.  She is involved with the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology and Sharsheret, a nationwide breast cancer support organization for women. Through these connections, she hopes to broaden awareness surrounding breast cancer in young women and work on ways to support others

The new mindfulness workshop — called Tree of Life Fulfillment — is offered specifically through the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, at the UCLA Hematology Oncology office in Encino.It combines art therapy with a specific type of guided imagery. The curriculum was written and developed at the center by Sydney Siegel, a social work intern at Simms/Mann. Both the art and the imagery are built on people’s innate connection to nature, which was just what Mason needed to help get her mind off her current news. To read the full article on our Tree of Life Fulfillment mindfulness workshop developed by Sydney

Theo Tittle grew up knowing his dad wasn’t like everyone else.For starters, his father, Bently, battled a rare genetic form of kidney cancer that entailed three major surgeries, various cancer-fighting treatments and participation in a clinical trial. Beyond that, says Theo, his dad stood out as a “super irreverent” guy who embraced and loved everyone, especially those other people might view as oddballs.When Theo was about a year old, his father was diagnosed with heriditary leiomyomatosis renal cell cancer, or HLRCC. The disease is extremely rare, impacting about 300 families worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health. About 10

OncLive published a profile on Patricia Ganz, MD, who pioneered cancer survivorship and the late effects of cancer treatment. Dr. Ganz is director of prevention and control research at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and a distinguished professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. To read the OncLive article visit: For This Giant of Cancer Care, a Holistic Approach Was Always in the Treatment Plan To see Dr. Ganz' Insights Into Cancer lecture from February 13, 2018 on Cancer and Aging visit: Insights Into Cancer: Cancer and Aging by Patricia Ganz, MD

We are EXCITED to let you know of First Descents and their week-long adventure programs. First Descents is a free resource for young adults (ages 18-39). Their goal is to provide life-changing, outdoor adventures for young adults impacted by cancer. Their participants experience free outdoor adventure programs that empower them to climb, paddle, and surf beyond their diagnosis, reclaim their lives, and connect with others doing the same. Registration for their 2019 week-long programs is now Open. Visit First Descents website to register!

A mother, professor of African arts & culture, and stage IV breast cancer thriver Dr. Mary “Polly” Nooter Roberts is Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, as well as Consulting Curator for African Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer (MBC), and ever since, she has been a stellar advocate of MBC research and outreach to those living with MBC. Polly is a mother and grandmother, as well as a loving wife to Dr. Allen Roberts, also a professor at UCLA. In the interview

Curcumin, which gives curry its bright yellow color, could elevate your mood, and improve your memory, according to a study by the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. It is an Indian herb and derivative of turmeric, that has been used for flavoring food, preserving food, and as an herbal remedy. Over the 18-month study, adults between the ages of 51-84 took a daily curcumin supplement. Recorded data indicates that the participants had improvements in attention abilities, memory and mood. Dr. Gary Small, the Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA's Longevity Center states, "Exactly how curcumin exerts its effects is not certain, but

At a recent European Oncology meeting in Barcelona attention was drawn to the relevance of the microbiome in the success of cancer immunotherapy.  More studies are needed to identify which species of probiotics or microbes that provide health benefits are responsible for these findings and what type of supportive diet or prebiotics is required however; preliminary studies indicate this is an important aspect of immunotherapy.  Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. In April 2014, one of the UCLA Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology monthly Insights lectures featured the

By: Valentina Ogaryan, PhD A woman sat across from me, tearful, with a distant look in her eyes, and shared, “I know I should be happy. It’s done and everyone keeps saying it’s time that I get back to my life. I just can’t. What now?” This was a disclosure filled with so much confusion and complexity. This vulnerable question came from a woman who displayed incredible resilience throughout her treatment but who now appeared more scared and unsure than when she had first received her diagnosis. The prevalence of breast cancer does not diminish or lessen the intensity of the disruption

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