Arash Asher

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  • Arash Asher
  • 2011
Cognitive dysfunction among cancer survivors, commonly referred to as "chemobrain," has gained increased attention in the last decade. Cognitive dysfunction is now well recognized among patients with non-central nervous system cancers. It may be a consequence of the cancer, its treatment, or both. Other common problems among cancer survivors, such as(More)
Cognitive dysfunction is an increasingly recognized complication of cancer and its treatment. Most research in this arena has found that a subset of patients appear to be vulnerable to this complication even after treatment has ended, and often have difficulties with multitasking, short-term memory, word-finding, attention, or concentration. The mechanisms(More)
Fatigue is a ubiquitous and an extremely distressing symptom among patients with brain tumors (BT), particularly those with high-grade gliomas. The pathophysiology of cancer-related fatigue (CRF) in the context of patients with BT is multifactorial and complex, involving biological, behavioral, medical and social factors. The etiology of CRF in the general(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the impact of an inpatient rehabilitation program on functional improvement and survival among patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) who underwent surgical resection of the brain tumor. DESIGN A retrospective cohort study of newly diagnosed patients with GBM between 2003 and 2010, with survival data updated(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the functional improvement of rehabilitation inpatients with paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration. DESIGN Retrospective review. SETTING Referral-based hospitals. PARTICIPANTS Cancer rehabilitation inpatients (N=7) admitted to 3 different cancer centers with a diagnosis of paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration. INTERVENTION(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effects of exercise training on calf tissue oxygenation in men with peripheral arterial disease and intermittent calf claudication. DESIGN This pilot study was prospective and longitudinal and used a one-group, pretest-posttest design. SETTING Tertiary care medical center for veterans. PARTICIPANTS Fifteen male veterans(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether a 15-minute, one-time guided relaxation program for cancer patients could improve symptom distress as measured by the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS). In addition, we were interested in characterizing the changes of the autonomic nervous system, as demonstrated by heart rate variability (HRV) high-frequency (HF)(More)
Necrosis of the oral mucosa following head and neck cancer radiation therapy presents considerable clinical management challenges. We report three cases of symptomatic persisting oral ulcerations where the addition of photobiomodulation therapy resulted in a rapid resolution of the oral lesions and in patient symptoms. These cases suggest that(More)
230 Background: Cognitive dysfunction after cancer treatment can be distressing and may profoundly impact quality of life, feasibility of returning to work, and social reintegration. Meaningful, evidence-based options for cancer-related cognitive changes are limited and urgently needed. A standardized rehabilitation program targeting common cognitive(More)
Chronic graft-versus-host disease is a potentially debilitating complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Due to the direct inflammatory effects of the disease on tissue, and the impact on muscle and bone of the high-dose glucocorticoid immunosuppression used to treat the disease, patients are at risk of developing multifactorial(More)