San Diego Cancer Research Institute


Local Resources and Therapeutic Practitioners

Free Support Groups
Free Wellness Activities
Reiki, Energy Healing and/or Healing Touch
Other Special Therapies
Affiliates of SDCRI

National Resources

Integrative Oncology
Resources for Young Adults
Resources for All Adults
Clinical Information
Advocacy & Support
Government Agencies
Patient Information

Local Resources and Therapeutic Practitioners

FREE SUPPORT GROUPS for Cancer Patients

Breast Cancer Support Group – Encinitas
For information, please call Bunny Nedry: 760-633-7551

SPOHNC – Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Support Group
For information, please call:
Encinitas – Naz Kallel: 858-336-3831 See the flyer for more info!
San Diego – Valerie Targia: 760-751-2109

MDS – Myelodysplastic Syndrome Support Group – Oceanside
For information, please call: 760-438-5130

KidsKonnected Support (for children who have parents with cancer) – La Jolla
For information, please call: 619-889-8019

Mindful Living Support Group – With Diana Shimkus – Encinitas
Click here for the flyer and more details!


North County Cancer Fitness (NCCF) is currently offering 6 fitness classes for cancer patients and survivors!

Mon Gentle Boot Camp by NCCF 1:00 – 2:00 EOS Fitness, Encinitas
Tue Gentle Weightlifting/Kickboxing by NCCF 1:15 – 2:15 EOS Fitness, Encinitas
Wed Zumba by NCCF 3:00 – 4:00 EOS Fitness, Encinitas
Thu Gentle Mat Pilates by NCCF 1:30 – 2:30 EOS Fitness, Encinitas
Thu Gentle Restorative Yoga by NCCF 5:30 – 6:30 San Diego County Credit Union, Encinitas
Fri Gentle Fitness by NCCF 1:00 – 2:00 EOS Fitness, Encinitas
Sat NCCF Walking Group 8:30 – 9:30 Encinitas Community Park
*NCCF Consultation/Intake process is required to attend these classes, except the Sat Walking Group, which is open to all. For more info, please contact NCCF at or 760-517-6223.

Other free wellness classes in the San Diego area:

Expressive Art Therapy with Alessandra Colfi
For information, please email: or call 858.735.5708

PCOM Acupuncture Clinic with Kim Taylor. Free to Cancer Patients in active treatment!
For information, please call: 760-536-7679

Restorative Yoga at Soul of Yoga in Encinitas
For information, please call: 760-943-7685

Yoga for Cancer Recovery at Yoga Branch Vista Village
For more information, please visit their website or call 760-390-3640

Cancer Survivors Yoga Classes with TEAM Survivor SD
For information, please visit their website!

Kimberly Taylor: Acupuncturist, Chinese Medicine, Pacific College of Orient Medicine Oncology Instructor and Clinical Supervisor
or 760-536-7679

Dodie Hemingway: Acupuncturist,,
or 858-229-4408

Joe Voss: Acupuncturist,,
or 760-434-3410 / 760-420-3111

Amy Carroll: Certified Oncology Massage Therapist, Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Post Mastectomy/Lumpectomy Gentle Scar Tissue Manipulation,
or 619-987-0530

Raquel Ramos: Oncology Massage Therapist, Skin Care Specialist,,
or 909-239-5707

Cathy Ziska: Oncology Massage Therapist,
or 760-271-3851

Teri Polley-Michea, R.N.: Cerified Oncology Massage Therapist and Instructor,

Janis Hetherington: Oncology Massage, Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist,,
or 619-204-2450

Dana Wylie: Flow Sacramento– Certified Lymphatic Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Massage Therapist, based out of the Sacramento, CA area.,

Janice Motley: Reiki Master, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, Sound Therapy,,
or 760-803-2027

Susan Lake: Reiki master, Esthetician
or 541-913-3650

Todd Sargeant: Reiki Master/Teacher,,
or 619-677-0011

Natasha Jaksch: Reiki Master, (Contact by email)

Paul Brenner, M.D., Ph.D.: One on One Counseling,

Alessandra Colfi: Expressive Art Therapy
For information, please email: or call 858.735.5708

Alessandra Colfi: Zumba®: Gentle Dance Fitness Classes
Fridays & Sundays $ 5.- drop-in at Yoga Branch Vista Village
For information, please email: or call 858.735.5708

Blanca Noel: Craniosacral Therapist and Laughter Yoga Facilitator

Nancy Datte: Life Coach, or 858-382-1356

Anita Noone: Feldenkrais Instructor,
or 858-442-4809

Fay McGrew: QiGong Master,

Kitty Blincoe: Sleep, Stretch & Stress Management,

Diana Shimkus: Meditation Group Facilitator,

Pete Kirchmer: Meditation Group Facilitator,

Erin Graves, MSW, ASW60986: Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker
619-272-6858 x705

Simonton Cancer Center
Michelle’s Place – Temecula, Free Resources
North County Cancer Fitness
Yoga Six Carlsbad
Soul of Yoga
Fitness Evolution
Mary’s Reality Based Nutrition
Eat, Breathe, Move, Heal with Chef Jessica Leibovich

National Resources

Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO)
American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology
Also found at UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology
UCSF Center for Integrative Medicine: Cancer Care
MD Anderson Cancer Center: Integrative Medicine Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Integrative Medicine
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Center for Integrative Therapies

Young Survival Coalition
B4BC – Boarding for Breast Cancer
Stupid Cancer (I’m too young for this!)
First Descents – Outdoor Adventures
Keep A Breast Foundation
Champions for Health– free breast exams and other resources
Camp Kesem – Free week of camp for children who have been affected by a parent’s cancer. Check out the video link for more info:

Cancer Angels of San Diego
Brides Against Breast Cancer
North County Cancer Fitness
Champions for Health– free breast exams and other resources

American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology (Blood)
Journal of Clinical Oncology
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
MEDLINE – National Library of Medicine
Medscape – Online Resource for Better Patient Care
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
New England Journal of Medicine
Society of Integrative Oncology
Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM)

Simonton Cancer Center
Michelle’s Place – Temecula, Free Resources
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association
American Prostate Society
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Mesothelioma Support Community
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Oncology Nursing Society
US TOO  – Prostate Cancer Education & Support
ABCD – After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Pink Link – Breast Cancer Social Network
SPOHNC – Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer
…..SPOHNC Carlsbad Info
…..SPOHNC 4S Ranch Info
Palliative Care: Improving Quality of Life for People with Cancer and Their Families
Patient Guide to Cancer Support Services 2018– A collection of links to various groups and studies specifically geared toward helping cancer patients. Click the dark blue “View Guide” button on this informational page when ready to go the guide’s website.
The Live For Others Foundation (L4OF)– A group dedicated to finding a cure for synovial sarcoma.

Agency for Health Care Policy Research
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Food and Drug Administration
Government Accountability Office
Health and Human Services 
National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Net
National Institutes of Health
Social Security Administration
Find Government Offices in Your County

Cancer Pain (PDQ®)–Patient Version – General Information About Cancer Pain
American Medical Association
National Cancer Institute’s Website for Patients, Public & Mass Media
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
National Institutes of Health – Health Information
National Library of Medicine
World Oncology Network
An Integrative Medicine Approach to Palliative Care