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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

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked at the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center since 2003, and I recently joined the Board of Directors. I have seen and participated in the excellent work of this organization, and I am always deeply touched at how participants shift their relationship to cancer and their lives in one short week. The work covers a critical area that profoundly impacts overall health and quality of life. It is an honor to serve such a great program and be an integral part of this aspect of healing.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been associated with the Simonton Cancer Counseling Center since 1979. The organization has been a leader in mind body medicine and cancer for treating both patients and their families. It also has provided a standard of care for a cancer counseling model that has been used in training thousands of healthcare professionals from all over the world. The Center is dedicated to increasing hopefulness as an essential element of treatment in getting well with cancer. The Center's clinical research over the last 30 years has continued to show a doubling of median life expectancy for people implementing this approach with their standard medical treatment for cancer.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Although my own father died of cancer, as did both of his brothers, I had no personal experience with the Simonton Cancer Center prior to volunteering and later becoming a member of the board of directors. For my dad’s sake, I wish I had known about the program. I was actually drawn to Simonton Cancer Center after meeting the Executive Director, Karen Simonton. Karen’s compassion for the patients and dedication to the work is paramount to the organization's continued success.

In the spirit of learning about the organization, I observed one of the week-long patient retreats held in Santa Barbara at the very beautiful and serene sanctuary, La Casa de Maria. In just a few days of community and guided exploration, there was a palpable shift in energy from a dark hopelessness to light and life among the participants. Patients who came into the program with no idea of what to do next, left with a plan and a trained support person. I saw eyes of hope where hopelessness had been just a few days earlier.

Pioneering the mind-body connection in cancer therapy, Dr. O. Carl Simonton was ahead of his time when he developed a whole person model of cancer recovery; an intervention program that addresses the mind-body connection of illness by tapping into a person’s own “inner guide to health.”

Through imagery and belief work participants learn to access their own inner wisdom; through relaxation exercises participants learn how to reduce stress; and during one-on-one and group sessions, participants learn how to communicate effectively and ask for the support they need.

For over 40 years the Simonton Cancer Center has been teaching mind-body techniques that have been proven to promote health, increase survival, decrease tumor growth, and improve quality of life. While there may be other mind-body programs for cancer patients, survivors, and their families; Simonton Cancer Center is the original, the longest running, and in my opinion-the best.

Review from Guidestar