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Simonton Cancer Counseling Center Charitable Trust

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer

Results: SCC is the original and oldest cancer counseling in the United States. We are the only organization created by an oncologist and to have received the Surgeon Generals Approval- this program was first utilized with the U.S. Air Force

Target demographics: provide more complete and integratedcancer treatment

Direct beneficiaries per year: 238 patients with retreat and crisis work

Geographic areas served: the field of cancer/psychoneuroimmunology

Programs: Cancer counseling, cancer couching, modified cognitive cancer therapy, personal health plans, imagery, meditiation, and training for health care professionals

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about the Simonton Cancer Center! This past November, I attended the Getting Well Again conference as my mom's support person. The care, concern, dedication, and compassion from Karen and her staff was notable and very much appreciated. The retreat was an enriching, valuable experience for not only my mom, but me as well. Concepts were explained very well and everything we learned was applicable in hands-on activities, discussions, visualizations, and meditation work. Carl's amazing work does such a great job of helping patients to move forward in a positive direction, post diagnosis and treatment, and gives them a platform for how to live a healthy, vibrant life when they return home. The material and exercises with belief work and the Power of Play really helps uncover places that require attention and the staff at the SCC are well-trained in how to help patients in these areas. By the end of the conference, you have a beautifully organized binder to take home for easy reference based on topics discussed during the retreat so that you have exactly what you need. This retreat was a life-changing experience for both of us are so grateful to Karen, Rahla, Claude, Jan, and all the wonderful interns! Thank you, SCC!

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

The Simonton Cancer Counseling Center is dedicated to personal care through snd through. They have welcomed me with open arms and provided me with wonderful working conditions. I couldn't be happier working for such a genuine and caring organization. I am a psychology major at Pepperdine University and the work they do is something that interests me greatly.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

I was a trainee at the Simonton and I was amazed at how helpful this organization is in giving cancer patients and their families a new sense of hope in the fight against cancer. It teaches patients how to deal with not only the physical aspect of the disease but also how to cope with the emotional side of living with cancer. I watched patients walk away from the retreat with a whole new way of looking at how they can live a richer and more fulfilled life and cope better. They were really enriched by the experience and knowledge that they had gained after attending the program.