Patients and family members facing a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery often seek psychological counseling and support. There is strong scientific literature that supports the value of these services in helping patients and family members manage the stresses associated with cancer, its treatments and the many phases of care.
The Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology is committed to the psychological well-being of patients and family members. Their dedicated staff includes psychologists and oncology social workers.
Comprehensive Psychosocial Assessment and Counseling
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 Simms/Mann center and in other UCLA oncology clinic environments to help assess needs, 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
Examples of some groups include:
- 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 exposure to other men’s experiences.
- Young Adults with Cancer: A monthly support group for young adults who are currently being treated for cancer.
- Lung Cancer Support Group: A weekly support group for patients undergoing treatment for lung cancer and their family members.
- Family and Friends: A support group 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 and DCIS (ductical carcinoma in situ): Individual support groups for patients with early stage breast cancer and DCIS.
- Looking Ahead: A support group for individuals with a history of cancer but who are no longer in treatment.
The Simms/Mann center also offer general educational lectures through our Insights Into Cancer lectures series, with most also available as streaming video.
Visit the Simms/Mann center to find more information about psychological counseling and psychosocial support.