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Insights Into Cancer: Sleep Disturbance and Fatigue in Cancer Survivorship
Date: 9/10/2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level Room B130
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095

SimmsMann CenterOnce 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. 

September 10, 2013
Sleep Disturbance and Fatigue in Cancer Survivorship

Over two-thirds of the 11.4 million cancer survivors in the United States can expect long-term survival. However, many survivors suffer with ongoing difficulties. Problems with sleep and fatigue, two common problems, often arise during treatment and persist long-term complicating survival and reducing quality of life. In this lecture, the inter-relationships between cancer, sleep disturbance, and fatigue are described. Increasing evidence also links alterations in inflammatory biology dynamics to these long-term effects of cancer diagnosis and treatment. This understanding informs the development of effective strategies to identify those at greatest risk for and the prevention and treatment of sleep disturbance and fatigue in cancer survivors. Interventions in cancer and other populations are described along with new ideas for the future.


Michael Irwin, M.D., is the Norman Cousins Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and Director of the Cousins Center in Psychoneuroimmunology at the Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute. The Cousins Center fosters research on the bi-directional interactions between the brain and the immune system. Dr. Irwin was also a member of the Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and has a substantial interest in mind-body medicine and how behavioral and alternative medicine practices might influence immune responses and health.

Julienne Bower, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, and Research Scientist in the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience at UCLA. Dr. Bower has conducted pioneering research on the biological mechanisms of fatigue and other side effects of cancer treatment, and developed mind-body interventions to treat these symptoms and improve quality of life in cancer survivors.


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 $11 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.