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Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology

The UCLA Thoracic Oncology Program is committed to providing comprehensive care to our patients with lung cancer. We recognize that getting the best medical treatment from specialists in the thoracic oncology program is the first step, however, most patients and family members need access to other types of care that address the needs of the whole patient and family.

We partner with the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology because they offer comprehensive resources to our patients and their families. We encourage all patients to visit the Simms/Mann Center (200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 502) or call for an appointment (310 794-6644) to see how they may be able to help. Below you will find information about the services that they offer to our patients.

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Mission Statement

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.

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Types of Services

The Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology is primarily oriented toward the practice of integrative medicine through a wide variety of clinical services and programs. We have a range of services oriented toward care of the whole person diagnosed with lung cancer and their families.

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Current Clinical Programs

Individual Integrative Oncology Counseling by Integrative Medicine Physician
Individual educational sessions (1.25 to 1.5 hours) for patients with cancer or individuals at risk for cancer. These sessions provide an opportunity to ask questions on nutrition, dietary supplements, strategies to decrease the likelihood of recurrence and enhance well-being. The goal is to individually assess each person, taking into consideration your own health issues and goals, and tailor a wellness plan that you can implement. Selection of appropriate nutritional and dietary supplements or herbs as well as the development of strategies to manage specific symptoms are addressed along with educated advice on utilizing therapy offered by other CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) providers. 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)

Comprehensive psychosocial assessment by health psychologists and clinical social workers
For UCLA patients and their family members, we provide interventions that 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 who have lung cancer and family members both in the 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. We have psychologists and oncology social workers who have extensive experience working with patients with lung cancer and can help both patients and family members identify help that may facilitate emotional well-being.

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Support Groups and Workshops
We offer on-going groups and workshops on weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. Contact the Center for a current schedule. Here is a listing of frequently held groups.

  • Mindful Meditation
    A secular practice that facilitates the mind/body connection by cultivating present moment awareness without judgment. This group is designed for individuals who have or have had cancer, with the aim of reducing cancer-related stresses while enhancing the quality of one’s life.
  • Lung Cancer Support Group
    A weekly support groups for patients undergoing treatment for lung cancer and their family members. Living with lung cancer and related treatments can be very demanding for patients and their families. This group provides an opportunity to meet others in similar situations to share your stories, provides practical suggestions, and support each other. In addition, an Oncology Social Worker provides information and skills for relaxation, navigating the healthcare system, finding needed resources, and coping with day-to-day challenges, such as breathlessness. Issues related to the stigma of lung cancer, fear and anxiety, and keeping a positive outlook are discussed. Both patients and their caregivers are welcome to attend.
  • Healing Through Art
    Offers an opportunity to work with drawing, collage, and sculpture to explore, understand and heal from the cancer experience.
  • Mind/Body Approaches to Coping with Cancer
    A workshop for patients and adult family members to learn and practice techniques that will help them manage the stresses associated with cancer and its treatments.
  • 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.
  • Meditation: Inner Healing
    Mind/body techniques such as guided imagery music, color and movement are utilized to reduce stress and promote balance and healing.
  • 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 men and women with metastatic or recurrent cancers offering information, support and comfort from others who understand.
  • Looking Ahead
    Support for individuals with a history of cancer but who are no longer on treatment.

“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 on one Tuesday evening per month from 7:00-9:00 pm in the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, B130 Auditorium. Each year there is a presentation on lung cancer.

Access to Educational Materials

Reflections Boutique
A boutique to assist patients with the physical appearance changes brought about by cancer including items such as hats, wigs, scarves and lymphedema garments. Reflections also carries a wide range of high-quality physician-selected nutraceuticals of particular interest to people with cancer. 

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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, child/adolescent therapy, individual, couples and family therapy, bereavement, complementary medicine and the psychology of women.


  • Anne Coscarelli, Ph.D.
    Director Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Medicine
    Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology UCLA also a licensed psychologist
  • Mary L. Hardy, M.D.
    Medical Director Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Medicine
    Associate Physician Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine also a licensed physician Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Staff Clinicians

  • Kauser Ahmed, PhD, licensed psychologist
  • Anne Coscarelli, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology,  Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology UCLA also a licensed psychologist
  • Michael Eselun, Chaplain
  • Shane Kennington, LCSW, oncology social worker
  • Suzanne Bragg Levanas, LCSW, oncology social worker
  • Thomas J. Pier, LCSW, oncology social worker


  • Mary L. Hardy, M.D., Associate Physician, Division of Hematology/Oncology, David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Josephine McNary, M.D., Psychiatrist, Semel Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine

Clinical Consultants

  • J. Kathryn dePlanque, PhD, facilitator, meditation group
  • Halina Irving, MA, MS, MFT, facilitator, survivors group
  • Esther Dreifuss-Kattan, PhD, ATR facilitator, art therapy group
  • Lisa Kring, LCSW, facilitator, Mindfulness Meditation
  • Stephen Lottenberg, MD, PsyD, facilitator, husbands group
  • M. Celeste Torrens, LCSW, facilitator, group for women with metastatic cancer
  • Master Wei-Zhong Tang, QiGong


  • Marcia Britvan, MBA, Administrator
  • Maisa Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant

Reflections Staff

  • Beatrice Anguiano
  • Jackie Hester, RN
  • Diana Shang
  • Darlene Eastman

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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.

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 Dr. Mary Hardy 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

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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 and soon to be Pasadena. 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

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

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Lung Cancer Support Group Helps Calm the Storm

When I was diagnosed with lung cancer, it felt like being overcome by a very dark storm. The support group, and the people in it, were integral to my coping. I knew I wasn’t alone, that someone understood me, and that there was hope for calm ahead.” 

Helen, a participant in the lung cancer support group, wrote in a recent thank you letter what the group has meant to her and what it offers others.

The lung cancer support group meets in weekly and provides the opportunity for participants to get to know others in similar situations. Participants share stories, give and receive practical suggestions, and support each other. An oncology social worker provides information and skills for relaxation, navigating the healthcare system, finding needed resources, and coping with day-to-day challenges. The group provides a safe forum to discuss issues such as the stigma of lung cancer, fear and anxiety, keeping a positive outlook and nourishing hope.

With membership ranging from five to ten people, the intimate setting provides a protected place to talk and to listen. Partners and family caregivers are welcome to participate if they have a family member in the group.

Helen closed her letter simply yet profoundly by saying “Thank you for being my very own lighthouse.”  If you are unsure and would like to discuss the possibility of joining, for more information or to register for the group, please call the Center.

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