A center of integrative oncology . . .
maintaining wellness, maximizing health, and complementing the best oncologic practices and scientific research through individualized care offered by a multidisciplinary team committed to enhancing the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of people touched by cancer.
The Center serves adults who have or have had a history of cancer or who have a perceived increased risk for developing cancer. The Center also supports children whose parents have cancer.
The Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology is primarily oriented toward the practice of integrative care through a wide variety of clinical services and programs.
For UCLA patients and their family members, interventions are provided which are oriented toward reducing the psychological impact of cancer as well as teaching mind-body techniques to facilitate coping and wellness. Psychologists and oncology social workers work with patients and family members both in the Center and in other UCLA oncology clinic environments to help assess need, identify resources and provide concrete and psychological interventions. Referrals are often made to many of the support groups and workshops that are offered in the Center.
Individual educational sessions for patients with cancer or individuals at risk for developing cancer by providing an opportunity to receive extensive personalized education on nutrition, dietary supplements, strategies to optimize wellness during cancer treatment, and enhance well-being. Our integrative oncology specialists have extensive experience working in the area of cancer and cancer prevention and have special training and knowledge in the areas of diet/nutrition and the appropriate use of supplements, symptom management, wellness and immune support to help you make good choices, and to create an individualized wellness plan that takes into consideration your treatment status. Patients complete a comprehensive multi-dimensional assessment prior to evaluation incorporating information from medical history, nutrition, complementary medicine practices, mind/body strategies, spiritual practices, and goals. (Fee for Service)
On-going groups and workshops, including traditional and integrative approaches are open to the public. Groups are offered on weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. Contact the Center for a current schedule. Here is a listing of frequently held groups.
“Insights Into Cancer” monthly lecture series on mainstream medical and integrative medicine topics, as well as concrete issues affecting patients with cancer. This lecture series features high level faculty members, and is open to the public at no charge. Lectures are offered one Tuesday evening per month from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRMC) Auditorium, B Level, Room B130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
The Center has a wide range of on-site as well as on-line resources, including streaming videos of “Insights Into Cancer” lectures.
A boutique to assist patients with the physical appearance changes brought about by cancer including items such as hats, wigs, scarves, mastectomy bras, breast prostheses and lymphedema garments. Reflections also carries a wide range of high-quality physician-selected supplements of particular interest to people with cancer.
The Center is staffed by a range of caring individuals who understand the importance of a patient-centered approach to care. Some of the disciplines represented in the center include clinical and health psychology, internal medicine, preventive medicine, oncology social work, mind/body medicine, art therapy, holistic healing, QiGong, individual, couples and family therapy, bereavement, complementary medicine and the psychology of women.
The Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology has a primary location on the Westwood campus at UCLA. However, in addition, many of our programs are offered in satellite community oncology offices in Los Angeles County including the Santa Monica office. Please contact our main center for information about specific programs offered in different locations.
310 794-6644 phone
310 794-9615 fax
Email – SimmsMannCenter@mednet.ucla.edu
Open Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00 (closed on University Holidays)