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To Our Dear Reader…

October 16, 2023

Working as a Medical Oncologist for over 30 years, being Medical Director of our cancer center, and specializing in Integrative Oncology for over two decades, I’ve learned much from my patients and their loved ones. I felt humbled and honored to work with them. Thinking of them today, of our cancer center and the integrative team continues to give me a sense of inspiration, optimism, and gratitude.

Caring for the Whole Person when we are working with cancer patients is essential. We need to care for them and their support team: their family members, loved ones, nurses, doctors, and extended medical care team. Collaborating to treat the Whole Person is vital, not optional. This is what we call Integrative and Integrated Oncology…

Get caught up with the newest letter from our Medical Director, Dr. Daniel Vicario, regarding the current status of the San Diego Cancer Research Institute, the resources and information we have to share, and some good advice for cancer patients and their family members who are looking into Integrative Cancer Care.
You can also read all of his past letters on this page as well.

Click here to view them now.


Dr. Brenner’s Musings

“Robots (A beginning)”

While we mourn the passing of our beloved Dr. Paul Brenner we are still able to enjoy the beautiful and inspiring words he shared with us over the years. We happily present the last of the Musings, imparted to us by Dr. Brenner before his passing.

What would it be like if humanity evolved to become robots?

Read it here!

On his personal page is a summary of Dr. Brenner’s professional career.


Expressive Arts Therapy with Alessandra Colfi, Ph.D.: Waves of Love, Waves of Care

Our new creative collaboration / initiative to engage the worldwide community with the expressive arts, making meaning, and coming together to uplift one another, will be assembled and featured as a photo booth at the CSU Symposium for Palliative Care in February 2024 in SAN DIEGO!

Read more here!
Watch for updates on this project in the near future!


Awakening Gratitude, Resilience, and Joy Retreat in Assisi, Italy with Alessandra Colfi, Ph.D., Larry Cammarata, Ph.D., and Linda Cammarata, RYT June 22-28, 2024

St. Francis Basilica

Gratitude is a part of a wider outlook on life that involves noticing and appreciating the positive aspects of life. Recognizing and expressing gratitude for specific aspects of one’s life can result in improved mental, and even physical health in patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

Learn and explore within a friendly and supportive small group setting.

Read about this special retreat and sign-up here.


Genomic Oncology

Dr. Mark Adler, Institute Director, heads the Genomic Oncology Diagnostics and Second Opinion Initiative, a new generation-platform for developing treatments tailored to the individual patient. It involves the application of sensitive genomic tests to the determination of a tumor’s drug sensitivity and resistance. In addition, a person’s hereditary traits and a tumor’s genetic signature will be used to determine how best to eliminate a given cancer with a specific therapy or agent.
We have added 5 new articles authored by Dr. Adler to this page.
Read more here!

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Videos and Talks

To Our Readers,

We would like to share some exciting projects that our nonprofit partner, The Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) is creating. Two important ones in the works are:

  1. A documentary-in-production: “The Energy that Heals”
  2. A comprehensive Learning Center

SDCRI and CHI have been collaborating for many years. Our SDCRI had the privilege of helping incubate CHI from its inception a decade ago. It remained under SDCRI’s umbrella until a few years ago when CHI established its own nonprofit 501 (c) 3 status.

The documentary “The Energy that Heals” is under production and will take another year or so until its release.
We enclose the link to CHI’s website with a recent Webinar that explains this exciting documentary project: https://www.chi.is/energy-that-heals/ 

When you have a chance, you can also explore CHI’s website which has excellent resources and detailed information about this cutting-edge nonprofit and the extensive work it is doing, in collaboration with several institutions and devoted scientists, physicians, practitioners of the many healing arts and healers. 

Please share with those you believe may benefit from this information or who may be interested in the topic.
With much gratitude and best wishes,

SDCRI Team 

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