What is the Simonton Cancer Center? The Simonton Cancer Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and lives of cancer patients and their families through psycho-social oncology. Founded by Dr. O. Carl Simonton (1942-2009) the Simonton Center was the first cancer counseling program to recognize the role and importance of family and personal support and to include them in the treatment plan.
What does the Center offer those with cancer and their families? The Simonton Cancer Center Patient Programs, offered throughout the year, are based on the successful model for emotional intervention and support which Dr. Simonton pioneered. This method evolved from the concept that beliefs, feelings, attitudes and lifestyle are important factors affecting health. The programs are 5-day educational and psychotherapeutic sessions for cancer patients and their support person, during which these concepts are explored in a safe, supportive atmosphere conducive to learning and a positive change. Click here to learn more about the Patient Programs
What are the lodging accommodations? Sessions are held in a beautiful retreat setting reminiscent of a quiet, resort-like camp. The lovely grounds are located outside of Santa Barbara, California at the La Casa de Maria retreat and conference center. The retreat center is approximately two hours from Los Angeles. It's location in the foothills of Montecito provides a quiet, relaxing environment where you can enjoy the healthy and mild Southern California climate. There is easy access for all transportation service, and we will help arrange local travel to the Center. Click here for more detailed information on accommodations
Who conducts the sessions? The sessions are led by a team of staff therapists who have been with the Simonton Cancer Center for an average of 15 years.
What medical forms are required? Once confirmed for a session, each patient must have his or her physician send a statement giving the patient's diagnosis and the current status of the disease.
Who can accompany a patient to a session? Because emotional support is vital to this process, we prefer that married patients attend with their spouse. We request single patients bring their most significant other. Occasionally, patients may attend alone with approval from the Center.
What is the cost of a session? Therapy/Training: $2,000.00 Meals & lodging (for 2): $1,500.00 Total: $3,500.00 ($600 deposit at registration — balance of $2,900 due at check in) Due to the limited number of patients we can accommodate in each session, your space will be saved only after we have received your deposit. If your deposit is received after a session is full, you will be notified of your place on the waiting list. There is no tuition charge for spouse or support persons.
Does insurance cover this fee? Patients are encouraged to check with their individual agent to determine if their insurance policy covers such treatment. Some policies that cover psychological services cover at least a percentage of the cost. The Center does not accept assignment. Therefore, patients must pay the Center directly. We will be glad to complete any insurance forms provided by the patient, and we will provide an itemized statement of the services and charges of the Patient Program.
How I can register? To register for the Patient Program please contact our office toll free at 1-800-459-3424 or you can complete and submit the Patient Program Registration Form. We can also be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Click here to visit our Patient Programs page