WEST COAST USA:
Most Patient Programs are held in Santa Barbara, CA, at the beautiful La Casa de Maria Retreat Center.
Next Patient Retreat:
Jan 31 - Feb 5
All sessions are small and private, insuring highly personal attention. Call
(800) 459-3424 or
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the Simonton Cancer Center are tax deductible
( Click to hear a KCLU radio interview with Dr. O. Carl Simonton )
Dr. Carl Simonton (1942 - 2009) was an internationally acclaimed oncologist, author and speaker, best known for his pioneering insights and research in the field of psychosocial oncology. After earning a medical degree from University of Oregon Medical School, he completed a three-year residency in radiation oncology. It was during this time that Dr. Simonton developed a model of emotional support for the treatment of cancer patients — an approach which introduced the concept that one's state of mind could influence their ability to survive cancer.
As chief of Radiation Therapy at Travis Air Force Base, Dr. Simonton implemented this model. This was the first systematic emotional intervention used in the treatment of cancer — a program that was approved by the surgeon General's Office in 1973. While in private practice, Dr. Simonton utilized his unique approach for the treatment of cancer patients. A pilot study he conducted from 1974 to 1981, demonstrated an increase in survival time and improvement in quality of life. His early research established the foundation for two widely acclaimed books which he co-authored, Getting Well Again and The Healing Journey.
At the Simonton Cancer Center, Dr. Simonton's patient programs are offered throughout the year for cancer patients and their loved ones. Also, his method is receiving great acceptance in Italy, Germany, Japan and Switzerland, where the Simonton staff routinely conducts training sessions for health professionals.
In November, 1997, he was honored by the American Medical Association for his film, Affirmations For Getting Well by Touchstar Productions. This video, used in practically every hospital in the US is presently being distributed to oncologists throughout our nation by GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies.
As an extension of his original work, Dr. Simonton is currently developing programs to meet the needs of individuals at different points in their lives. Pediatric and hospice-based models utilizing his basic tenets are now being created.
With a strong interest in promoting the healing aspects of music, Dr. Simonton was the co-recipient of a research grant designed to test the psychoneuroimmunological effects of active drumming — an integral component of this cancer program. Through numerous presentations throughout the world and countless interviews with leading media, Dr. Simonton pursued his quest to help individuals build upon their strengths by enabling them to travel their healing journeys with hope and inspiration. His pioneering approach has great potential to become the 4th tool in our armamentarium against cancer along with surgery, chemo and radiation therapy. (Return to About Us page)