Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology

Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology

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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.

Population Served

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.

Types of Services

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.

Current Clinical Programs

Individual Integrative Assessment by an Integrative Oncology Specialist — 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)

Educational Groups by an Integrative Oncology Specialist (Fee for Service)
We offer a range of small group classes (4-6 individuals) on specific topics to help individuals develop strategies to increase wellness while living with cancer, its treatments and beyond. Examples of some of the intimate group classes include:

  • Let Food Be Your Medicine: Nutritional Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Cancer: Discuss strategies for dietary choices and weight management to lower risk of cancer
  • Symptom Management During Cancer Treatment: Natural therapies and mind/body techniques to manage common side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
  • Nutritional Strategies During Cancer Treatment: Healthful strategies to maintain weight, healthy lean body mass and wellness during treatment
  • Am I Done Now? How to Live Your Life After Treatment is Done:  Dietary and life style strategies to maximize wellness once cancer treatment is complete
  • Nutritional Strategies to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer:  Discuss strategies for dietary choices and weight management to lower risk of breast cancer

Comprehensive psychosocial assessment and by health psychologists and clinical social workers – 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.

Support Groups and Workshops
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.

  • Healing Through Art — Offers an opportunity to work with drawing, collage, and sculpture to explore, understand and heal from the cancer experience.
  • Qi Gong – This class teaches the ancient Chinese art that promotes healing, mental health and clarity as well as systemic changes in lifestyles health and fitness.
  • Husbands (Partners) of Women with Cancer Support Group – When the woman you love is diagnosed with cancer it can alter life creating a parallel journey through cancer. Research indicates that men benefit from other men’s experiences.
  • Young Adults with Cancer – A monthly support group for those who are currently being treated for cancer.
  • Family and Friends — A support group to assist for those who provide love and support to an adult relative or friend with cancer.
  • Living Beyond Limits – A support group for women with metastatic or recurrent cancers offering information, support and comfort from others who understand.
  • Support Groups for patients with breast cancer – Support groups for patients with early stage breast cancer.
  • Looking Ahead – Support for individuals with a history of cancer but who are no longer on treatment.

“Insights Into Cancer” monthly Lecture Series

“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.

Access to Educational Materials

Access to Educational Materials

Extensive on-site educational materials as well as on-line resources, including streaming video of “Insights Into Cancer.”

Education based newsletter covering mainstream medical, psychological, and integrative topics

Reflections Boutique – 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 carrys a wide range of high-quality physician-selected nutraceuticals of particular interest to people with cancer.


The following is a list of some of the professional education programs that we offer in integrative medicine.

Internships for Mental Health Professionals and Spiritual Care (Applications accepted in Spring)

  • 2nd year MSW students (24 hours per week)
  • Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology students (15-24 Hours per week)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellows
  • Chaplain Internship through American Jewish Academy
  • Psychiatry rotation for third and fourth year psychiatry residents

Trainings for Professionals — In house trainings for nurses, physicians, residents, fellows or mental health practitioners and interns

  • Compassionate End of Life Care (2 CME nurses)
  • Bi-monthly Case Conferences: Care of the patient and family with cancer
  • Caring for the “Whole Person” with Cancer
    • Oncology Fellows
    • Family Medicine Residents
    • Nursing Staff

Medical Student Training

  • Elective Rotation for 4th year medical students wanting to experience integrative oncology provided in collaboration with the Stiles Program in Integrative Oncology at UCLA another CCIM.

Current Research

We collaborate with faculty from psychology, oncology, other CCIM programs as well as the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Faculty and Staff

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.

How the Center is Funded

The Simms/Mann Family Foundation has a long history of substantial philanthropic support to the Center. They continue to be committed to providing significant operating support for many of our programs and services. While we greatly appreciate the funding that we receive from the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, due to the high volume of patients and family members touched by cancer and the extraordinary demand for our services, we need additional private donations of all kinds to continue our wide range of programs.

The Center also has an Advisory Board who make significant contributions to the Center and facilitates additional fund-raising and friend-raising opportunities.

Voluntary donations are essential for our day-to-day operations. Almost all of our programs are offered to individuals without fees with the exception of the Reflections Boutique and the educational programs offered by our Integrative Oncology Specialists, which are fee for service.

We depend on the generosity of others and we encourage individuals to make a financial contribution that is tax deductible to the maximum extent allowable by law.

For information on how to support the Center please contact the administrator, Marcia Britvan at 310 794-6644 or by writing to

Location and Contact Information

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.

200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 502

Los Angeles, CA 90095-6934

310 794-6644

310 794-9615 fax

Email –

Open Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:00 closed all University Holidays

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