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Insights Into Cancer – September 29, 2015

Complementary Therapies for Cancer Patients

Presented by Lisa Kring, LCSW; Eileen Zegar, LAC, Dipl O.M.; Sibel Kantarci, PhD; Michael Sieverts

About the Lecture

This lecture panel features experts within the areas of Qigong, Meditation and Acupuncture/Acupressure that will discuss and provide demonstrations on complementary therapies for cancer patients. Complementary therapies are integrative practices that act as complementary resources for patients being treated with standard medical treatment options such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. They are essentially used to be a complementary approach to conventional medical procedures that help improve quality of life, health and personal wellness of each patient. Each of these complementary therapies is a practice that involves both the mind and body, utilizing an extensive and diverse grouping of forms, procedures and techniques administered by trained practitioners. The practice of meditation for example can include techniques such as guided imagery, breathing exercising, sounds, and intentional muscle relaxation, designed to produce a natural relaxation response in the body. Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that combines movements, sequences and forms, coordinated breathing and mental focus to achieve balance within the mind and body. Acupuncture and acupressure are techniques used as complementary therapy in which practitioners stimulate specific areas on the body, most often through inserting thin needles or through applying pressure to different parts of the body to relieve pain, increase circulation and enhance wellbeing. This panel of esteemed experts within the complementary therapies field will provide patients with integrative therapy and wellness options that can complement the standard forms of treatments throughout the spectrum of treatment and cancer care.

About the Speakers

Lisa Kring, LCSW, studied classical voice at the USC School of Music where she received her undergraduate degree. She returned to school to complete her Masters in Social Work from USC in 1994. Lisa worked as a family court mediator at the Los Angeles Superior Court for almost 10 years, specializing in the changing family. Lisa soon joined a study group with Dan Siegel, MD, and his work led her to MARC (Mindful Awareness Research Center) at UCLA where she began practicing mindfulness meditation with Diana Winston in 2003. The practice had a profound effect on my life and she began the MBSR certification process (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) through the Center for Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Bob Stahl. Lisa has been facilitating the weekly Mindfulness Meditation group at the Center since 2009.

Eileen Zegar, LAC, Dipl O.M., is the facilitator for the Simms/Mann Centers monthly Acupressure workshop. She received a Masters in Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Arts in 1976 and completed her Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2004. Eileen has massage training from The Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, L.A. She is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist and a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCAAOM).

Sibel Kantarci, Ph.D., is an American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) certified Clinical Molecular Geneticist and Clinical Cytogeneticist who trained at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kantarci was an Instructor in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and a Clinical Cytogenetics Director at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center between October 2007 and February 2012. She currently serves on the International Standards for Cytogenomic Arrays Consortium (ISCA) Evidence-Based Review Committee, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Maintenance of Certification Committee, and the Faculty Clinical Quality Improvement Committee in the UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Kantarci’s current research focuses on identifying genes in consanguineous families with nonsyndromic autosomal recessive intellectual disability.

Michael Sieverts received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell. Since his cancer diagnosis in 2000, he has been studying Qigong at Simms/Mann UCLA—first with Master Wen Mei Yu, and then with Grandmaster Tang Wei Zhong. He has direct experience with how these practices can improve health and restore the proper functioning of all the body’s systems. Michael currently teaches Qigong classes for the Cancer Support Community Benjamin Center, for Tower Hematology Oncology and Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars Sinai, as well as facilitating the qigong classes at Simms/Mann.

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