COVID-19 & Current Event Links:

COVID-19 Resources
Mental Health and PTSD Related Resources
LGBTQ+ Cancer Community Resources
Combating Racism, Discrimination, and Inequality in the Healthcare Community


Local Resources and Therapeutic Practitioners

Free Support Groups
Free Wellness Activities
Acupuncture
Massage, Reiki, Energy Healing and Healing Touch, Yoga, and Other Special Therapies
Affiliates of SDCRI

National Resources

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


En Español

Introduccion a la Oncologia Integrativa. MACMA y 3 a 5 cáncer de mama con Daniel Vicario, M.D., ABIHM. Diapositivas solamenté: Introducción a la Oncología Integrativa
CDC Información de Covid-19 en español
CancerCare.org proporciona apoyo a personas afectadas por el cáncer.
Cancer.org – Información sobre cáncer en español
CDC.gov – Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Nuevos recursos en español para pacientes con cáncer que reciben quimioterapia
Salud-Amercia.org – Obtenga los últimos recursos sobre el cáncer de mama en español
CancerResearch.org – El Cancer Research Institute Lanza Su Website Como Centro De Información En Español…
Esmo.org – Las guías para pacientes están diseñadas para ayudar a los pacientes, sus familiares y cuidadores a comprender mejor la naturaleza de los diferentes tipos de cáncer y evaluar las mejores opciones de tratamiento disponibles.


Mental Health and PTSD Related Resources

Alvarado Parkway Institute: Located in La Mesa. Center for Mental Health & Addictive Disorders.
San Diego Domestic Violence Council: National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
It’s Up To Us: The It’s Up to Us campaign is designed to empower San Diegans to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources, and seek help.
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program: Need help now? CALL: 800-273-TALK(8255) | TEXT ‘Help’ to 741741
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), San Diego: Helpline 1-800-523-5933 or (619) 543-1434
Encouraging Post-Traumatic Growth “What is post-traumatic growth?”
Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cancer
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn has free daily guided meditations, conversations, and dialogue.
Positive Psychology 25 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Exercises and Courses. MBSR is a group program that was developed to treat patients struggling with life’s difficulties and physical and/or mental illness.
The Ultimate Mindfulness Meditation Guide for Beginners

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LGBTQ+ Cancer Community Resources

National Coalition for LGBT Health The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education, and research. The Coalition addresses the entire LGBT community, including individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and age regardless of disability, income, education, and geography.
National LGBT Cancer Network LGBT communities are disproportionately affected by cancer. National LGBT Cancer Network is here to help.
National LGBT Cancer Project The National LGBT Cancer Project is our country’s first  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit organization. Our online support group community, Out With Cancer, is committed to improving the health of LGBT cancer survivors with peer-to-peer support, patient navigation, education, and advocacy.
North County LGBTQ Resource Center LGBTQ-friendy mental health providers

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Combating Racism, Discrimination, and Inequality in the Healthcare Community

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Responding to Racism and Health Inequality as a Cancer Care Community, June 2020
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Stands Against Racial Discrimination and Inequality, June 2020
Harvard Health Racism and discrimination in health care for providers and patients, January 2017
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Academic medical leaders and learners reflect on police brutality, racism, and the path forward, June 2020
The Cancer Letter Here’s what cancer groups say about police brutality and health disparities, June 2020
The Washington Post The cure for racial disparities in health care is known. It’s the willingness to fix it that’s lagging, April 2020
Conscious Healing Initiative, Healing Our Nation Addressing Systemic Trauma with Communities of Color, June 2020
Institutional Racism in the Health Care System An article from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
What Algorithms Tell Us About Structural Racism in Health Care An article from National Nurses United (NNU)
Race, medicine, and health care in the United States: a historical survey. A journal article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Underserved Populations in Healthcare: 5 Ways to Bridge the Gap

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Local Resources and Therapeutic Practitioners

FREE SUPPORT GROUPS for Cancer Patients

Breast Cancer Support Group – Virtual
This is a support group for Breast Cancer patients and survivors. It meets virtually or by phone.
2nd Wednesday, 1 – 2 pm
Contact info: Jeanne Vestevich, LCSW,
760-492-5899
or vestevich.jeanne@scrippshealth.org

Breast Cancer Support GroupOn hold due to Covid 
This support group for Breast Cancer patients meets on the campus of Scripps Coastal Medical Center Carlsbad.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 pm
Scripps Coastal Medical Center Carlsbad
Contact info:  760-704-5012

Breast Cancer Support Group (Español Solemente) – Virtual
Este grupo de apoyo se reúne en Scripps Well Being Center y es solo para pacientes y sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama de habla hispana.
This support group meets at Scripps Well Being Center and is only for Spanish-speaking, Breast Cancer patients, and survivors.
1st and 3rd Monday, 10 – 11:30 am
Scripps Well Being Center, Chula Vista
Facilitators: Shirley Pacheco and Kimi Nguyen
Contact info:  619-862-6613

Young Women’s Breast Cancer Forum and Support GroupOn hold due to Covid 
This is a support group is for breast cancer patients and survivors, ages 40 and under.
1st Tuesday, 11:30 am – 1 pm 
3rd Tuesday, 6:30 – 8 pm
Please call for location details.
Facilitator: Beverly Mangerich, RN, MSN
Contact info:  858-554-8389

Gynecologic cancer support groupOn hold due to Covid
This support group in La Jolla is for gynecologic cancer patients only.
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 10 – 11:30 am
Facilitator: Janine Rodriguez
Contact info: 858-626-7024

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
A support group for head and neck cancer patients and survivors to share and support each other.
2nd Thursday, 2 – 3 pm – Virtual
Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center
Facilitator: Chrissy Fidler-Johnson, MA
Contact info: 858-626-5059

SPOHNC – Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Support Group
This support group is open to patients, survivors, caregivers, and their families. SPOHNC has over 100 Chapters throughout the United States and continues to grow.
For information, please call: 1-800-377-0928
Visit the website: spohnc.org

MDS – Myelodysplastic Syndrome Support Group – Oceanside
Patients and survivors of the various forms of MDS can come together for support and companionship.
For information, please call: 760-438-5130

KidsKonnected Support – La Jolla
Kids Konnected is a support resource for parents with cancer, and their teens and kids.
For information, please call: 619-889-8019

San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation Support Groups
This group is here for patients and survivors of Brain Tumors, as well as for their caregivers, family, and friends.
Zion Medical Center and UCSD Moores Cancer Center
For more information, please call: 619-515-9908
Visit the website: http://www.sdbtf.org/resources/support-groups/

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FREE WELLNESS ACTIVITIES for Cancer Patients

North County Cancer Fitness (NCCF) is currently offering multiple fitness classes for cancer patients and survivors!
*NCCF Consultation/Intake process is required to attend most classes. For more info, please contact NCCF through their website:
www.northcountycancerfitness.org or call 760-517-6223.
More about Alessandra Colfi

Phoenix Rising Expressive Arts Therapy
Temporarily offered on Mondays and Fridays via Zoom
For information, and to be added to the mailing list please email: Alessandra@AlessandraColfi.com or  call/text 858.735.5708
Check out the Phoenix Rising Expressive Arts Facebook page here for announcements and updates!

Healing Grief Thru HeArt: Individual in-person sessions on Saturdays,
offered by Alessandra Colfi, PhD, sponsored by The HeartWay: www.theHeartWay.org
To schedule a session please email: Alessandra@AlessandraColfi.com or  call/text 858.735.5708

Zumba®: Gentle Dance Fitness Classes for Cancer Recovery and Prevention
Offered remotely via Zoom, with in-person options
For details and login information, please email:
Alessandra@AlessandraColfi.com or call/text 858.735.5708
More about Alessandra Colfi

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!

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ACUPUNCTURE

Joe Voss: Acupuncturist, www.Northcountyacu.com,
or 760-434-3410 / 760-420-3111

Lisa Nicholson: Acuprunturist, Balboa Park Holistic Wellness Center
2310 6h Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
lisa@balboaparkholisticwellnesscenter.com
https://balboaparkholisticwellnesscenter.com/

MASSAGE

Amy Carroll: Certified Oncology Massage Therapist, Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Post Mastectomy/Lumpectomy Gentle Scar Tissue Manipulation, amyltc2512@gmail.com
or 619-987-0530

Teri Polley-Michea, R.N.: Certified Oncology Massage Therapist and Instructor, jazmasu@sbcglobal.net
or 760-803-2027

REIKI, ENERGY HEALING, and HEALING TOUCH

Teri Polley-Michea, R.N.: Reiki Master, jazmasu@sbcglobal.net
or 760-803-2027

YOGA

Yoga Nidra: Graceful Transitions
hosted by TheHeartWay.org: https://www.theheartway.org/events/yoga-nidra-graceful-transitions

Be Well Yoga Cancer Recovery Classes
http://www.bewelltherapy.net/weekly-yoga-for-cancer-recovery-classes.html

Yoga for Cancer Recovery & Back Care
Temporarily offered remotely via Zoom
For details and login information, please email:
Alessandra@AlessandraColfi.com or call/text 858.735.5708

SPECIAL THERAPIES

Phoenix Rising Expressive Arts Therapy
Temporarily offered on Mondays and Fridays via Zoom
For information, and to be added to the mailing list please email: Alessandra@AlessandraColfi.com or  call/text 858.735.5708
Check out the Phoenix Rising Expressive Arts Facebook page here for announcements and updates!

Blanca Noel: Craniosacral Therapist and Laughter Yoga Facilitator www.blancanoel.com

Anita Noone: Feldenkrais Instructor, anita@anoone.org
or 858-442-4809
Website: https://anoone.org/

Fay McGrew: QiGong Master, www.qigongwithfaymcgrew.com

Diana Shimkus: Meditation Group Facilitator, http://everydaymind.com/
Encinitas Mindfulness Community website http://www.encinitasmindfulness.org/

Erin Graves, MSW, ASW60986: Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker
erin@anxietytraumatherapy.com
619-272-6858 x705

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Affiliates of SDCRI

Simonton Cancer Center
Michelle’s Place – Temecula, Free Resources
North County Cancer Fitness
Soul of Yoga
Be Well Yoga
Mary’s Reality-Based Nutrition


National Resources

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Nancy’s List Financial Assistance Links
Managing Costs and Medical Information
Financial Toxicity (Financial Distress) and Cancer Treatment
Cancer.net Financial Resources
StupidCancer.org Financial Assistance Links
Southern California Edison Medical Baseline Allowance– Get a discount on your electricity bill for certain medical devices you use at home!
Triage Cancer – Cancer Finance page

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INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY

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

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Academy for Integrative Health & Medicine – Join the Integrative Health Movement!
Center for Nutrition Studies Good Health is closer than you think.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Consciousness and Healing Initiative Join and Co-create the Healing (R)evolution
UCSD Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health
UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine
UCLA Integrative Medicine Collaborative
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine: Nurturing health and inspiring well-being

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RESOURCES FOR YOUNG ADULTS

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: CKUCSD Counselor Retreat 2019

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RESOURCES FOR ALL ADULTS

Mama’sKitchen
Cancer Angels of San Diego
Brides Against Breast Cancer
North County Cancer Fitness
Champions for Health– free breast exams and other resources
Nancy’s List
Managing Costs and Medical Information
Pain: Considering Complementary Approaches
The Heart Way – Embracing Life. Honoring Death.
MediFind – A search engine designed to help you find the right specialists and healthcare services for your specific situation.
Triage Cancer – Education on the practical and legal issues that may impact cancer patients.
Medication management for cancer patients and caretakers

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CLINICAL INFORMATION

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
CenterWatch
Society of Integrative Oncology
Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM)
Nancy’s List

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ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT GROUPS

San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation
Colorectal Cancer Alliance
Simonton Cancer Center
Michelle’s Place – Temecula, Free Resources
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Cancer.net
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association
American Prostate Society
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Oncology Nursing Society
The Live For Others Foundation (L4OF)– A group dedicated to finding a cure for synovial sarcoma.
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 -cancer.net
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 Heart Way – Embracing Life. Honoring Death.
Triage Cancer – Education on the practical and legal issues that may impact cancer patients.

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GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

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

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PATIENT INFORMATION

Cancer Pain (PDQ®)–Patient Version – General Information About Cancer Pain
Cancer.net
American Medical Association
MedicineNet
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
Nancy’s List
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
MediFind – A search engine designed to help you find the right specialists and healthcare services for your specific situation.
Triage Cancer – Education on the practical and legal issues that may impact cancer patients.
Medication management for cancer patients and caretakers

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