Sleep, Fatigue and Circadian Rhythms in Cancer: Their effect on quality of life

Sleep, Fatigue and Circadian Rhythms in Cancer: Their effect on quality of life

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Sleep disturbances and fatigue are both very common in cancer and get worse during chemotherapy. These symptoms can last for years after the end of treatment. Cancer patients get very little bright light exposure during cancer treatment which is related to increased fatigue and poor sleep.  New research suggests that increased bright light exposure helps fatigue, sleep, depression and biological rhythms. This non-invasive treatment has the potential for improving quality of life in cancer patients. Join our webinar and learn more about what this means for you. Featuring Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus and Professor of Research, Department of Psychiatry and the Center of Circadian Biology, UCSD School of Medicine.

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus and Professor of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and the Center of Circadian Biology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Dr. Ancoli-Israel received her Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ancoli-Israel’s expertise is in the field of sleep disorders and circadian rhythms particularly in normal aging and neurogenerative disease, and in cancer. Her research has included studies on the longitudinal effect of sleep disorders on aging, therapeutic interventions for sleep problems in dementia, and in the relationship between sleep, fatigue, and circadian rhythms in cancer. Dr. Ancoli-Israel is Past-President of the Sleep Research Society (SRS), Past-President of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms and was on the founding Executive Board of the National Sleep Foundation.  She was honored in 2007 with the National Sleep Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and the SRS Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award, in 2012 with Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Distinguished Career Award, in 2014 with the SRS Distinguished Scientist Award and in 2019 with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award.  Dr. Ancoli-Israel is published regularly in medical and psychiatric journals with over 525 publications in the field and was named one of the best female scientists in the world in 2022, having been cited by others 62,616 times resulting in a world ranking of 161, national ranking of 107 and a ranking of number 1 at UCSD.

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