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
Massage, Reiki, Energy Healing and Healing Touch, and Other Special Therapies
Affiliates of SDCRI

National Resources

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

COVID-19 Resources

Considerations for Travelers —Coronavirus in the US
How to Detect Skin Cancer, Even During COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
California Department of Public Health
San Diego County Health and Human Services
San Diego information on coronavirus
NIH: National Institutes of Health
WHO: World Health Organization
Johns Hopkins University
Medicare Website regarding Coronavirus
Medicaid website regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019

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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
Therapeutic Center for Anxiety & Trauma Currently offering Tele-Therapy appointments as an alternative to meeting in person during the COVID-19 crisis
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, conversation, and dialogue.
Chopra Foundation At the bottom of this web page there are several videos of our friend Dr. Deepak Chopra. You can choose the topic you are most interested in.
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

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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)

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Local Resources and Therapeutic Practitioners

FREE SUPPORT GROUPS for Cancer Patients

Monthly Breast Cancer Support Group – Balboa Park Holistic Wellness Center
Visit their website to sign up.

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:
San Diego – Valerie Targia: 760-751-2109
Visit the website:

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

San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation Support Groups Zion Medical Center and UCSD Moores Cancer Center
For more information, please call: 619-515-9908
Visit the website:

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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: or call 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

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

Lisa Nicholson: Acuprunturist, Balboa Park Holistic Wellness Center
2310 6h Ave., San Diego, CA 92101


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

Teri Polley-Michea, R.N.: Cerified Oncology Massage Therapist and Instructor,
or 760-803-2027


Teri Polley-Michea, R.N.: Reiki Master,
or 760-803-2027


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

Be Well Yoga Cancer Recovery Classes

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

Fay McGrew: QiGong Master,

Diana Shimkus: Meditation Group Facilitator,

Erin Graves, MSW, ASW60986: Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker
619-272-6858 x705
Therapeutic Center for Anxiety & Trauma

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Affiliates of SDCRI

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

National Resources


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

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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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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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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 Complimentary Approaches

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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)
Nancy’s List

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San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation
Colorectal Cancer Alliance
Simonton Cancer Center
Michelle’s Place – Temecula, Free Resources
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
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
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.

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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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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
Nancy’s List
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

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