Carl Simonton, M.D.
Dr. O. Carl Simonton is an internationally acclaimed oncologist, author, and speaker who is best known for his pioneering insights and research in the field of psychosocial oncology. After having earned his medical degree from the 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 that 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.
Dr. Simonton is the Director of The Simonton Cancer Center in California, where retreat programs are offered for cancer patients and their loved ones. In recent years, his model has received great acceptance in Germany, Poland, Japan and Switzerland, where he 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 SmithKline Beecham, 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 is the co-recipient of a recently funded research grant designed to test the PsychoNeuroImmunological effects of active drumming, and integral component of this cancer program. Through numerous presentations throughout the world, and countless interviews with leading media, Dr. Simonton continues 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, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.