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The Cancer Support Community (CSC), a nonprofit organization, recently announced the results of its studies regarding perceptions of clinical trials among cancer survivors during the 2017 American Psychological Association Annual Convention. From a study of over 3000 participants, results showed that negative perceptions of clinical trials and low participation in trials still persist. Furthermore, these barriers are heightened within racial and ethnic minorities. • 61% reported feeling uncomfortable about being randomly assigned a treatment • 57% expressed fear they would receive a placebo • 24% believe their insurance would not cover the cost of a clinical trial • 18% thought that logistical barriers (like transportation), makes it impossible to

The Cancer Support Community (CSC), a nonprofit organization, recently announced the results of its studies from the Cancer of Experience Registry of cancer caregivers, during the 2017 American Psychological Association Annual Convention. From a study of 149 caregivers, results discussed that cancer caregivers experienced substantial anxiety (48% of respondents) and elevated fatigue (37%). Other top needs identified by caregivers include: • 72% wanted better understanding of the patient’s medical condition • 62% wanted to learn how to manage personal stress • 62% lacked information about available financial resources • 54% desired guidance on how to navigate the healthcare system Identifying these needs are significant, because caregivers who felt they

Breast cancer survivors are more than two times more likely to have insomnia, which is characterized by symptoms like difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently, or the inability to fall back asleep. Due to these effects, women may experience compromised functioning during the day. The “gold standard” therapy for breast cancer survivors is currently cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-1), which includes sleep hygiene, relaxation techniques and other ways to improve sleep quality.  Cognitive Behavior Therapy has been found to be superior in addressing sleep problems in comparison to pharmaceutical treatments. Tai Chi Chih (TCC) is a movement meditation exercise that

Fatigue is a form of extreme tiredness that is common for cancer patients as they go through treatments. It can be caused by poor sleep, decreased quality of life, and stressful situations brought about by having cancer. Although therapies focused on fatigue are limited, the healing touch of acupressure and massage have been shown to help with fatigue, sleep and quality of life (see the article in the Journal of the American Medical Association [JAMA] Oncology below.) Supported by a grant from Angie’s Spa, the Simms/Mann Center is pleased to announce a new program providing free acupressure and massage services to

Lori Newman was a remarkable person who decided early on in her cancer experience that the cancer would not define who she was in this world. Lori was a gifted artist and designer.  However, if you asked her, she might say that her best creative accomplishments are her sons, Rye and Brett.  One might infer something about her mothering by the post that her sons made on Facebook on the evening of her passing:  “At 10:20 pm on December 3, 2016 the best mother, wife, and force of love and light this world has ever known passed away speaking words

By Michael Eselun, BCC, Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology This article was written for and originally published in Coping with Cancer Magazine, and is reprinted with permission. Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some

Antioxidant rich foods include citrus fruits, berries, papaya, broccoli, kale and spinach.  A diet  containing these foods on a regular basis has been associated with good health.   Studies into how antioxidant supplements of beta carotene, vitamins C and E may provide benefit in cancer prevention have been mainly negative with some notable harmful effects.  Antioxidant supplements are not recommended during chemotherapy.  During radiation Vitamin E supplements may reduce radiotherapy toxicity in head and neck patients however there is an increase in overall recurrence and mortality especially in smokers. Antioxidant supplements are not recommended for either prevention of cancer or during chemotherapy

In January 2017, the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology will begin its 24th year.  We have always been focused on evidenced-based approaches to living with a cancer diagnosis.  One of our board members, Jim Ellison, eloquently described the Center’s relationship to cancer treatment as “Medicine Alone is not Enough.” It is no surprise to patients and families who live with cancer and its treatment that there are many changes, side effects, and adaptations that you make when this disease enters your life and the lives of your loved ones.  It affects the psychological well-being of patients and their families,

By Michael Eselun, BCC, Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology As a chaplain walking beside folks living with cancer, there’s one thing I find in common with nearly everyone’s experience—there’s no shortage of people in our individual worlds it seems, who are so eager to tell us what to do, how to feel, what to eat, what to read, what to believe, what acupuncturist we need to see, or “My aunt had that and she’s just fine!” When we come upon the holiday season, and cancer is now a part of our world, we can add to all that an overwhelming cultural

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