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Palliative Care — What Does it Mean When a Patient Complains of Cognitive Impairments and What Can You Do About It?

March 31, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Palliative Care and Comprehensive Cancer Support Programs (CCSP)

CCSP/Palliative Care Grand Rounds


Welcome to CCSP/Palliative Care Grand Rounds

The Palliative Care and Comprehensive Cancer Support Programs (CCSP) co-organize weekly presentations on the care of seriously ill patients and their families, including individuals living with cancer, relevant to interdisciplinary clinicians. Individual topics address pain and symptom management, communication approaches with patients and families, strategies to facilitate coping and support, quality improvement and research in these disciplines.


March 31

Cathy Bender, PhD, RN

What Does it Mean When a Patient Complains
of Cognitive Impairments and What Can You Do About It?


Dr. Catherine Bender is Professor of Nursing and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Nancy Glunt Hoffman Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh and she is the Co-Leader of the Biobehavioral Cancer Control Program at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

Dr. Bender leads a program of research focused in two areas; 1) changes in neurocognitive function associated with cancer and cancer therapy and 2) disease and treatment-related symptoms and how symptoms and other factors influence adherence to cancer therapy. She is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to determine whether aerobic exercise improves neurocognitive function and brain health in postmenopausal women with breast cancer (EPICC Study; NCI R01 R01CA196762) and is Co-PI on a companion study examining the epigenomics of neurocognitive function in breast cancer (Conley, Bender, Erickson) (R01CA221882).

She has mentored numerous junior faculty, pre- and post-doctoral trainees and previously led a T32, which trained pre- and post-doctoral nurse trainees. She has been the primary mentor of K99/R00, F99K00 and KL2 scholars. In 2017, received the Distinguished Research Award from the Oncology Nursing Society. She has been a grant reviewer for NINR, NCI, ACS and ONS and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


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The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Medical Education Statement
The School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health professionals will receive a certificate of attendance from an AMA PRA Category 1™ activity. These certificates are accepted by the NC Boards for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and respiratory therapists. Other health care providers may also be able to use these certificates, depending on their particular license requirements. (License requirements are subject to change. Participants should check with their licensing boards for specific questions. UNC and its partners are not responsible for changes in license requirements.)

Disclosure statement
This activity has been planned and implemented under the sole supervision of the course director and planning committee, in association with the UNC Office of Continuing Professional Development (UNC CPD). The course director, planning committee, presenters, and CPD staff have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests as defined by the ACCME.


Please visit the CCSP/Palliative Care Grand Rounds calendar page to view upcoming events.


March 31, 2021
8:00 am - 9:00 am
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