Dr. Patricia Ganz has spent the past three decades studying the quality of life outcomes for patients with cancer. In recent years she has focused her efforts on the late medical effects of treatment in women with breast cancer (for example, menopause, osteoporosis, fatigue and cognitive function). Ganz and her associates are examining fatigue, sleep and cognitive functioning in a variety of studies, and are exploring the immunological and physiological mechanisms underlying these issues. Current research studies focus on testing strategies to improve cognitive changes in breast cancer survivors, and another study focused on reducing stress and improving health outcomes in younger women with breast cancer.
Ganz directs the UCLA-LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence at UCLA, and has additional funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for a specialized program that focuses on younger women with breast cancer. She is the principal investigator for the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) treatment trials at UCLA and chairs the Behavioral and Health Outcomes committee of the NSABP. She is also the Vice-Chair of the National Cancer Policy Forum of the Institute of Medicine, where she plays a leadership role in advancing policy work related to the quality of cancer care delivery.
Selected Cancer-Related Publications:
Howard-Anderson J, Ganz PA, Bower JE, Stanton AL. Quality of life, fertility concerns, and behavioral health outcomes in younger breast cancer survivors: a systematic review. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012 Mar 7;104(5):386-405. Epub 2012 Jan 23.
Ganz PA, Kwan L, Stanton AL, Bower JE, Belin TR. Physical and psychosocial recovery in the year after primary treatment of breast cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Mar 20;29(9):1101-9. Epub 2011 Feb 7.
Klabunde CN, Keating NL, Potosky AL, Ambs A, He Y, Hornbrook MC, Ganz PA. A population-based assessment of specialty physician involvement in cancer clinical trials. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2011 Mar 2;103(5):384-97. Epub 2011 Feb 11.
Bower JE, Ganz PA, Irwin MR, Kwan L, Breen EC, Cole SW. Inflammation and behavioral symptoms after breast cancer treatment: do fatigue, depression, and sleep disturbance share a common underlying mechanism? J Clin Oncol. 2011 Sep 10;29(26):3517-22. Epub 2011 Aug 8.
Bower JE, Garet D, Sternlieb B, Ganz PA, Irwin MR, Olmstead R, Greendale G. Yoga for persistent fatigue in breast cancer survivors: A randomized controlled trial. Cancer. 2011 Dec 16. doi: 10.1002/cncr.26702. [Epub ahead of print]