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Light Therapy in Cancer: Effect on Sleep, Fatigue, and Circadian Rhythms

Professor Sonia Ancoli-Israel

Sleep disturbances and fatigue are both common in cancer and get worse during chemotherapy. Cancer patients get very little bright-light exposure during cancer treatment, a deficit that is related to increased fatigue and poor sleep. As this lecture will explain, new research suggests that increased bright-light exposure has a positive effect on fatigue, sleep, depression, and biological rhythms. This non-invasive treatment has the potential to significantly improve quality of life for cancer patients.

Instructor: Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD, is Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at UC San Diego. Her expertise is in sleep and aging as well as sleep in cancer. She was honored in 2007 with the National Sleep Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and the Sleep Research Society’s Distinguished Scientist Award.

Coordinator: Joel E. Dimsdale

Course Number: OSHR-70076   Credit: 0 units

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