Psycho-Oncology Program

Clinical Services OverviewSpecialty ProgramsPsycho-Oncology Program at the Brain Health Center

At Pacific Neuroscience Institute, patients and their loved ones are often dealing with the news of a life-changing or devastating diagnosis.

Our clincial neuropsychologist and psycho-oncologist specialty team offers compassionate, personalized care for patients with cancer-related brain health issues, addressing and treating the anxiety and depression associated with a cancer diagnosis.

Center experts address the psychological, social, behavioral, and ethical aspects surrounding cancer including:

  1. Psychological responses of patients, their families and caregivers throughout the course of all stages of cancer
  2. Psychological, behavioral and social factors which may impact and influence disease management

In addition, specialists use diagnostic and treatment methods to optimize brain recovery and minimize treatment-related conditions that develop in patients with brain tumors due to chemotherapy and brain radiation, often referred to as “chemo-brain.”

In a multidisciplinary approach, our psycho-oncologist team works with specialties across all the neurological sciences. As necessary, we collaborate with colleagues in oncology neurosurgery, internal medicine, radiotherapy, endocrinology, clinical trials research, psychiatry and psychology.

Brain health services are also available for patients recovering from stroke, brain hemorrhage and head injury such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Caregiver Clinical Trials Research

While there are aspects of cancer caregiving that can be compared with caregiving for other diagnoses such as, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the cancer caregiving experience can also be different. A cancer diagnosis puts the patient and their loved ones on a roller coaster ride, where the clinical course varies and could involve active disease, remission, recurrence or metastasis or a new disease, and remission again. Every course is different, and everyone’s response will be different.

Family caregivers have an undue burden when there is a diagnosis of cancer that affects a loved one. Our Center for Quality and Outcomes Research conducts studies to assess and support caregivers. For more information regarding brain tumor caregiver clinical trials, contact Dr. Marlon Garzo Saria.