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Cognitive Disruption and Recovery in Adult Intrinsic Brain Tumors

It is increasingly understood that patients with WHO II-III gliomas have extended disease-free survival periods.

However, language and cognitive dysfunctions are  primary contributors to impaired quality of life, which results in compromised social and professional interactions. The natural history of low and high grade gliomas has been well characterized based on molecular subclassification. However it remains poorly understood how longitudinal cognitive domain are impacted by oncological therapies and tumor progression. To better understand the progression we are employing longitudinal testing of language and cognitive tasks across a glioma patient population. Specifically, we seek to understand (1) whether cognitive decline results in shorter survival, and (2) whether cognitive decline occurs independent of tumor progression. These studies will not only offer a clearer view of the natural history of cognition throughout the course of disease but will offer greater insight into the optimal timing of cognitive rehabilitation interventions. These experiments are conducted in collaboration between our laboratory and clinical neuro-psychology, neuro-oncology radiation oncology, physical therapy, and allied health.


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Sheri Sobrato Brisson Brain Cancer Survivor Program

This program provides adult survivors with the necessary support and clinical care to address remaining neurocognitive limitations. A team of specialists at UCSF will assess the survivor’s needs and devise an individualized plan to help improve any language, motor, or cognitive impairments caused by the brain tumor.