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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

On May 13, 2019, Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology was given the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Agency of the Year Award during their annual field luncheon. The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work works with hundreds of agencies each year. Faculty of the school nominate exemplary training agencies and votes on the winner of the Agency of the Year Award. The agency that wins has been noted as being outstanding in their collaboration with the school in the education of social work students. Additionally, Simms/Man-UCLA Center staff clinician, Lorelei Bonet, LCSW, was selected for the Heart of

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

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