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Voice America Interviews Featuring Simms/Mann Clinicians

Living to 100 Club with Joseph M Casciani, PhD is a weekly show on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel. The Living to 100 Club offers fresh and inspiring perspectives on aging successfully, no matter how much help we may need adapting to growing older. The show completed a 3-part series of exploring oncology, patients with cancer, and their treatment. Each episode features an interview with one of our Simms/Mann Clinicians (our director, Kauser, Ahmed, PhD, our integrative oncology specialist, Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS, MNT, and our chaplain, Michael Eselun, BCC).

Resilience through Uncertainty: Living Well through a Cancer Diagnosis

Episode Description
This episode is a departure from the usual Living to 100 topics airing on our Radio Show, but one equally important to other programs we have had. We will be talking with a clinical psychologist about her work at a cancer treatment center. Dr. Kauser Ahmed serves as the Darcie Denkert Notkin Director of Psychosocial Oncology at UCLA and is responsible for the oversight of psychosocial clinical care of patients and families touched by cancer in Westwood/Santa Monica and other practice locations across the greater Los Angeles area. Her role is to ensure that patients and loved ones have access to whole person care that is integrative and meets the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of her patients and families through the many challenges of cancer.

Exploring Nutrition and Cancer, Wellness, and the Immune System

Episode Description
This episode of the Living to 100 Club Radio Program highlights the subject of nutrition and cancer, and discusses how good nutrition is an important component of traditional oncologic care. Our guest, Carolyn Katzin, has graduate degrees in nutrition and public health and has focused on empowering cancer patients and their families for 30 years. She has presented extensively on nutrition for cancer patients, and wellness and the immune system. This episode will explore how our guest uses a whole person approach with her patients, how she introduces food as part of our medicine, and the nutritional and exercise guidelines that she recommends in her professional work. We will also talk about a range of helpful practices for the mind, body, and spirit that can improve the quality of life.

Voices from the Margins: Reflections of an Oncology Chaplain

Episode Description
This episode focuses on spiritual care, and specifically inter-faith spiritual care. Our guest is Michael Eselun, a Board-Certified Clinical Chaplain and the staff chaplain and spiritual care specialist at the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. We will look at spirituality from different perspectives – what it means to different people, how it is experienced by patients with a cancer diagnosis, how it is an expression of the way individuals connect to God or a higher sense of power, and whether spirituality involves a “spiritual crisis” or not. We will also discuss Michael’s role offering support to patients and families during their own journey, and other dimensions to his work at the Center for Integrative Oncology.

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