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Have you heard of CURE Magazine?

Our patients often ask us for resources to help them through the cancer journey.  There are a lot of tools and great resources available online in addition to traditional subscription services.  Today, we would like to introduce you to the CURE Magazine, a quarterly publication, provided free to cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers in the U.S.

CURE Magazine is an award-winning publication from Dallas-based CURE Media Group that was launched in 2002.   Its goal is to empower cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers with latest information on every aspect of cancer – from the technical and scientific to the social and emotional.  By combining science and humanity, CURE helps make complicated cancer information more understandable.

For more information on this publication, please visit their website at


Open House!

We had a wonderful open house back in March and would like to share with you all some of our favorite moments!

Isn't our robot amazing?

Introducing our Medical Director (drumroll please) - Dr. Albert Mak!

We are located on the corner of Pico and Raymond in Pasadena

Who can say no to these yummy sliders? Not us!

These macaroons made the evening even more special and memorable!

The wonderful staff at the Pasadena CyberKnife Center =)

Everyone, let's get ready!

Mission accomplished!

We wanted to thank everyone who took time out of your busy schedule to attend our Open House.  We had a great time and hope you had fun too!  For those who were not able to join us but wish to visit our center, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Massaging advanced cancer patients for 14 minutes can reduce stress: Study

We came across this interesting article and thought we should share it with you.  Enjoy =)

Massaging Advanced Cancer Patients for 14 Minutes Can Reduce Stress

Feb 26, 2010

Advanced cancer patients who regularly received massages averaging 14 minutes or more by a partner or family member declined in stress scores over four weeks, according to results of a study reported at the 7th annual conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society.

In the study, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, 97 care partners followed the instruction of a DVD program to provide massage to patients at home. The multi-ethnic sample represented 21 types of cancer (nearly half with breast cancer), over half with either stage III or IV cancer.

The study looked at the effects of massage by a care partner (spouse or family member) over four weeks. According to the principal investigator, William Collinge, PhD, president of Collinge and Associates, “The number of massages averaged about four per week across all patients, but the duration of massages was particularly important for stage IV patients. At four-week follow-up, 78% of those who averaged over 13.75 minutes per massage had reduced stress scores, while only 15% of those receiving briefer massages did, a significant difference. It appears that 14 minutes is some kind of a ‘tipping point’ where the effects of massages by family members accumulate and reduce stress in these patients over time.”

The study also looked at the immediate effects of massages by care partners and found significant reductions in stress/anxiety (44% reduction), (34%), fatigue (32%), depression (31%), and nausea (29%). These reductions are on a par with what might be expected from a professional massage therapist, Collinge said, and bode well for improved quality of life in cancer patients.

According to Collinge, “It appears that care partners receiving video instruction can achieve some of the same results as professional practitioners. This has important implications for patient quality of life, but also for caregiver satisfaction. Caregivers are at risk of distress themselves – they can feel helpless and frustrated at not feeling able to help. This gives a way to help the patient feel better and increase their own effectiveness and satisfaction as a caregiver. It also appears to strengthen the relationship bond, which is important to both.”

Source:  Collinge & Associates

Massaging advanced cancer patients for 14 minutes can reduce stress: Study.


Open House on 03/11/10

The date for our Open House/Grand Opening has been set for Thursday, March 11, from 6pm to 8pm.  We are so excited about the event and are working hard to get the word out!  More info to follow…


Happy Valentine’s Day

Wanna know how Team PCC celebrated Valentine’s Day?  Our Medical Director, Dr. Albert Mak, was kind enough to buy us lunch and yummy cupcakes last Friday!  Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, paying attention to relationships and strengthening relationship bonds.  We are so glad to have such a great and caring team here at PCC, and are looking forward to serving our patients and referring physicians.

We hope you had a great Valentine’s Day and enjoyed it as much as we did.

Yummy cupcakes for Valentine's Day!