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By Anne Coscarelli, PhD, Director, Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology Grief is one of the most difficult emotions that we experience in life.  We all face it in big and small ways throughout life as we live through loss.  Loss comes in many forms including friends that move away, changes in jobs, relationship changes, and loss of function as we age.  Loss can come in big forms such as illness and cancer.  It can be intense and deep with the death of a loved one.  Loss brings powerful emotions; sadness, wishing for the presence of these people in our lives, wishing

Participate in a UCLA Research Study We are seeking women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer to participate in a 60 to 90-minute focus group, you will receive a $30 gift card for participating and your parking will be paid for. We want to learn more about women’s experiences and decision making when informed about the treatment choices for adjuvant chemotherapy of breast cancer. To get your input about some new methods of explaining treatment side effects. To access what level of information and details you would have liked to have had when making treatment choices. We want your feedback on the usefulness of receiving

Spaghetti with Artichoke Hearts (Serving Size: 4)  Page 69 of The Cancer Nutrition Center Handbook by Carolyn Katzin 14 ounce can of artichoke hearts ½ teaspoon salt cloves crushed garlic ½ teaspoon black pepper, fresh ground small chopped onion ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese tablespoons olive oil egg whites tablespoons fresh chopped parsley ¼ pound spaghetti ½ teaspoon basil Rinse and quarter the canned artichoke hearts. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and sauté the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes. Add ½ cup water, parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes. Boil a large pot of salted water

Darcie Denkert Notkin, a longtime MGM executive and female pioneer in entertainment law, passed away at the age of 64 at her home in West Los Angeles on June 10th after living with cancer for many years. She has many credits to her name including being one of the first female heads of legal affairs and business of a major studio (MGM) and author of the book, “A Fine Romance” depicting the love-hate-love relationship between Hollywood and Broadway. Her accomplishments in the entertainment industry include having been a Broadway producer and a former co-president of the MGM On Stage theater

Look Good Feel Better is a free program offered at Simms/Mann - UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology with the American Cancer Society that’s dedicated to improving the quality of life and self-esteem of people with cancer. Quarterly group sessions held at the Simms/Mann Center teach beauty techniques to help patients address the physical changes that can occur during cancer and its treatments with great confidence. Cancer treatments, like radiation and chemotherapy, may have appearance-related effects that can have a negative impact on a person, both mentally and physically. Participants in this program receive complimentary cosmetics and learn skin care, make-up application

Feel good this year by helping to provide free cancer care while celebrating your special occasions! The Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology depends on the donations of generous individuals to sustain our organizational operations which allow us to provide important services and resources at no fee to our patients. Through individually tailored supportive care, support groups, spiritual care, psychological support; patients and families receive the needed supports to grapple with cancer, its treatments and array of outcomes and effects. Now it is easier than ever to let others know about your support for the Simms/Mann UCLA Center. In partnership with the

Citrus fruit belong to the family of Rutaceae and include Oranges (Sweet and Bitter), Mandarins, Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit. Tangerines and Clementines are cultivars of Mandarins, a group of citrus fruit that are easy to peel. Citrus fruit originated in China hence the name Mandarin. Tangerines, Citrus reticulate, were first cultivated in North Africa hence its name derived from the town of Tangiers.  Clementines are a seedless Mandarin that were also cultivated first in North Africa at the turn of the 20th Century by a French monk Père Clément Rodier and named after him. Today these delicious fruits are grown all around

This is the story about the power of one person and the impact that she is having on many patients who will receive a diagnosis of cancer as her family did twice; once with her father, Michael Lenvin, and once with her mother, Gail Lenvin. After losing both of her parents to cancer, Amanda Lenvin, now 29 years old, knows better than most that having knowledgeable psychosocial supportive care can make the difference in how a patient and family lives with the diagnosis. Amanda lost her mother in 2014 and her father in 2012. In Amanda’s words, “The counselors at

Getting a cancer diagnosis can be very stressful for you and your partner or spouse. Both the patient and the partner or spouse receives the diagnosis and it can impact all parts of the relationship. Understanding the impact on each of you is the beginning of figuring out how you will work together and support each other. New feelings are likely to arise, with new responsibilities, experiences and expectations. Learning how to juggle these new roles and responsibilities and all of the regular responsibilities of life can seem overwhelming at times. Also important to note is that stress can heighten

Certain cancer myths have a way of spreading even though they are scientifically incorrect. The problem with this arises when people avoid good prevention and valuable treatment options based off of these myths and misconceptions. Below are some commonly shared false beliefs to be aware of: Cancer is a death sentence - Passing away from cancer has dropped steadily since the 1990s. In some cases, five-year survival rates for cancers like breast, prostate, and thyroid, now exceed 90 percent. For all cancers, the survival rate is currently at about 60 percent. It is important to remember that cancer rates differ depending

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