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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

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

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