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SIMONTON CANCER COUNSELING CENTER CHARITABLE TRUST

Leading the Way in Mind/Body Medicine since 1971

aka Simonton Cancer Center   |   Malibu, CA   |  www.simontoncenter.com

Mission

The Simonton Cancer Center's mission is to teach, enrich and improve the lives and health of cancer patients and their families through a specialized psycho-social oncology approach.  This is a specific and refined process developed by radiation oncologist, O. Carl Simonton, M.D..  This approach assists in reducing the emotional and psychological distress of a serious illness by teaching tools and techniques that can improve overall health and immune function, thus increasing confidence, control and hopefulness for cancer patients. Our goal is to improve outcomes for cancer patients in their cancer treatment.

Ruling year info

1986

Principal Officer

Karen Smith Simonton

Main address

29160 Heathercliff Rd, #6607

Malibu, CA 90264 USA

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Formerly known as

Cancer Counseling and Research Center

EIN

74-2378864

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Cancer (G30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Simonton Cancer Center strives to assist in providing cancer patients and their families a comprehensive and compassionate component to cancer care that is sorely missing- counseling, coaching, tools, and techniques which can allow them to move into this next chapter of life with less fear and anxiety.

Our programs

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SCC Patient Retreat

The Patient Programs are based on Dr. Simonton's best-selling books and audio/dvd materials.  All participants are required to read and listen to the Patient Package before attending or making their decision to make to attend to make sure they are appropriate for this program. Work consists of a week long retreat program consisting of lectures, small group work and individual work with a counselor. See history on org. for further information.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Simonton Cancer Center conducts Simonton training programs for health care professionals, those interested in the field and those who interact with cancer patients and others with serious health issues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Simonton Cancer Center's (SCC’s) goal is to improve the physical and mental health of cancer patients through a refined and specific psycho-oncology approach. Additionally, the SCC trains health care professionals in this method, believing that our greatest impact on medicine will be the continued interest and training within the conventional medical establishment. This technique is commonly known as the Simonton Approach, a successful model of emotional support and intervention in the treatment of cancer patients, developed by Dr. O. Carl Simonton M.D. This approach is specifically related to the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). PNI is the study of how our psychological and emotional states impact our physiology, in particular our immune and endocrine functions. Research has shown that teaching these tools and techniques have the ability to influence and improve quality of life, treatment outcomes, and the overall well being of cancer patients. The SCC primarily treats an adult population, with additional programs developed for specific groups such as veterans, nurses, etc. Our desire is that in time, all hospitals will have these services available for their patients.

The Simonton Cancer Center offers a virtual 6-week online program and an intensive five-day integrative and psychotherapeutic program for cancer patients and training for healthcare professionals.
In addition, SCC offers workshops, books and training manuals, CDs, and DVDs, on different aspects of the work. Representatives of SCC have lectured at numerous medical schools, hospitals, and universities, in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
SCC has also partnered with other organizations to research different modalities in our program.
The SCC helped design the counseling program for various organizations, including the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in the U.S. and Long Beach Memorial.
Additionally, it has worked with the University of Massachusetts’s Medical School to develop a basic guided imagery class for second-year medical students.
Working within established medical schools and hospitals increases the likelihood of this work eventually being implemented in a patient’s treatment plan.
Introducing these concepts to medical students increases their understanding of the patient's status, in both a scientific and compassionate manner, enabling them to possibly provide better and more compassionate care.

The Simonton Cancer Center employs medical staff, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, and coaches that are specifically trained by the SCC. Our staff has a minimum of 15 years experience within the organization. These individuals work within our California programs as well as our programs in Germany, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, and South Africa. We partner with organizations and medical schools throughout the United States and abroad. The SCC is also actively engaged in creating specific programming for Nursing industry and Veteran's Associations. The SCC has advised on creating counseling programs for numerous hospitals throughout the U.S. including Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The SCC has been asked to align with certain universities for training, which we are considering. Our goal is that with such an alignment, teaching in this area will become more prevalent and more accepted.

The Simonton Cancer Center's work was developed in 1971. Previously known as the Cancer Counseling and Research Center, it was the first cancer program of its kind in the United States. Due to the fact that psychiatry as a specialty does not address itself to the seriously ill patient, this program was developed by Dr. O Carl Simonton while chief of radiation therapy at Travis Air Force Base in California. In conjunction with the Chief of Psychiatry, David Grant, M.D., this program was implemented as a necessary part of the treatment of the cancer patient and used for the Air Force in the western United States. This program was approved by the Surgeon General's office in 1973.
SCC has a great many FIRST's to its credit.
SCC was the first organization to address the anxiety, fear, depression, and tensions these emotions can produce, as well as the toll this takes on the body. Dr. Simonton created a modified cognitive behavioral approach that is now a gold standard in counseling for these issues.
The SCC is the first organization to train healthcare professionals in this field. Additionally, it is the first organization to implement its program in hospital settings, the first cancer counseling center to go international, and the first to introduce guided imagery and meditation into the treatment plan.
The SCC is the first organization to stress the importance of support for the cancer patient within the family and community by making it mandatory for a patient to bring a spouse or support person to the program. Dr. Simonton personally assisted and supported Harold Benjamin in the formation of Wellness communities (now called Cancer Resource Communities) throughout the United States.
It was the first organization to have accepted approval from a major insurance company (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania).
Dr. Simonton was the first physician to conduct research on the benefit of including emotional and psychological assistance to cancer patients. These studies have been replicated by world-renowned research facilities, including UCLA and Stanford University, with nearly identical results.

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SIMONTON CANCER COUNSELING CENTER CHARITABLE TRUST

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Claude Lambert

Simonton Cancer Center

Term: 2016 - 2018

Larry LeShan, Ph.D.

Janet Hranicky, Ph.D.

Shari Bridges, MA

Sofka Werkmeister, Ph.D.

Advisory: Andrew Weil, MD

Advisory: Bernie Siegel, MD

Advisory: Katherine Rossi, Ph.D.

Advisory: Marty Rossman, MD

Advisory: Lee Berk, DrPH

Alex Cvitan, Esq