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Insights into Cancer: Countering Cancer Related Cognitive Impairment

Once a month, the Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology presents Insights Into Cancer, a free public lecture series for cancer patients, their families and the community. Each lecture features a leading professional who provides up-to-date information, practical advice and answers to cancer-related questions.

April 9, 2019

Countering Cancer Related Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive complaints are common both during and after cancer treatments. Many cancer patients exposed to a variety of cancer therapies complain of decreased cognitive efficiency that has often been attributed to chemotherapy. This syndrome of cognitive complaints and difficulties is called Cancer Related Cognitive Impairment or CRCI (colloquially named ‘chemo brain’ or ‘chemo fog’).   For a subset of cancer survivors, these complaints are persistent and result in difficulties that interfere with their everyday activities.  For some, the difficulties are disabling.  Also presented is an update on potential causes of CRCI and the latest research on strategies and interventions to counter cancer-related cognitive dysfunction.

Linda M. Ercoli, Ph.D., is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor and the Director of Geriatric Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute. She is a clinical psychologist with expertise in neuropsychology, aging, and cognitive remediation. Her research activities involve studying the use of neuropsychological tests in conjunction with brain imaging for the early detection and prediction of dementia. Dr. Ercoli has also been active in developing cognitive enhancement intervention programs for older adults with CRCI, age-related cognitive decline and mild cognitive disorders.

6:45 – 7:00: Arrival & Refreshments
7:00 – 7:15: Kauser Ahmed, Ph.D, Introduction to Center
7:15 – 7:20: Kauser Ahmed, Ph.D., Speaker Introduction
7:20 – 8:55: Speaker Presentation, Q&A
8:55 – 9:00: Closing

Insights Into Cancer lectures are held in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level, Room B130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

UCLA parking is $12 and is wheelchair accessible. Attendees can park in the medical plaza, or take advantage of the valet parking at the front of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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