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'Chemobrain' is Real-- And More Likely With Certain Drugs

Researchers pinpoint the type of chemotherapy that is more likely to harm the brain of breast cancer patients

Stanford Medicine News Center

Study shows brain abnormalities in breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy

A neuroimaging study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that when asked to perform certain tasks, women who have undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer had significantly less activation of a part of the brain known to play a critical role in planning, attention and memory than did breast cancer patients without such treatment, as well as healthy women.

US News & World Report

When You Have Cancer And Can't Sleep

Good rest is critical for healing, but for many cancer patients, quality sleep is only a dream.


The Most Important Breast Cancer Findings Of 2014

Learn more about the potentially life-saving research that has been published from research centers around the world.

News Center

Breast cancer patients needed for study of new ways to treat sleep problems

Learn how we are healing patients through science & compassion

Oncology Times

Insomnia More Common in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy Than Previously Thought

The prevalence of insomnia in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy is far greater than has been thought. That was the conclusion of a subset analysis from a large prospective study by researchers at the University of Rochester.

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Mobile App Data Collection Shows Promise for Critical Population Health Surveys

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mobile app data collection can bring access to more potential clinical study participants, reduce clinical study timeframes, and create more comprehensive sample sizes, according to research published in Survey Practice.


Studying ways to reduce cancer-related sleep problems

Earlier this month I wrote about a Stanford study exploring whether acupuncture can help benefit patients with cancer-related sleep problems. Now Oxana Palesh, PhD, MPH, …


Chemo exacerbates insomnia for cancer patients

U. ROCHESTER (US)—Three quarters of cancer patients and survivors treated with chemotherapy suffer insomnia or …

ABC News

Sleep Disorders Plague Cancer Patients

MONDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Insomnia and sleep disorders affect more than three-quarters of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, a rate nearly three times higher than that of the general population, a new study finds.


Got Stress? It Could Impact Breast Cancer Recurrence

Women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer who have also endured previous traumatic or stressful events see their cancer recur nearly twice as fast as other women, according to a new report. While some of the reported traumatic events are less common than others, they all took a toll on the women and, scientists believe, may have contributed to the recurrence of disease.

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Cancer Survivorship Research Team Attends MASCC

Research coordinators Elisa Hofmeister and Tara Torres along with student Leah Tolby had the opportunity to share exciting results from the MOSAIC sleep study and the Breast and Gynecologic Survivorship Database Pilot at the MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting in San Francisco in June 2019. Dr. Palesh moderated a poster session, and gave a presentation about circadian rhythms and cancer.

Tara Torres Headed to PhD Program in Fall 2019

We are excited to announce that one of our research coordinators, Tara Torres, has been accepted into several outstanding Clinical Psychology PhD programs. She will be going to graduate school in 2019. Tara has been with our lab for almost two years as a lead coordinator on the MOSAIC sleep study. She will remain on the team until summer 2019 to close out that research project. 

Dr. Palesh Promoted to Associate Professor

Dr. Oxana Palesh was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University Medical Center in December 2018. Congratulations Dr. Palesh! 

Elisa Hofmeister Presents Sleep Research at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference

Research coordinator Elisa Hofmeister had the opportunity to share exciting results from the MOSAIC sleep study at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting in Washington DC in March, 2019. 

The poster 'Neurocognitive Impairment, Sleep Disturbance, Circadian Function, and Mood in Cancer Patients During Chemotherapy' demonstated associations between sleep and cognitive functioning in breast cancer patients. Patients with higher levels of insomnia and and lower circadian function had worse cognitive functioning than those who got better sleep.