Emerging From the Haze

Dr. Jeffrey Wertheimer, PHD and Dr. Arash Asher, MD

Dr. Arash Asher, MD

Dr Asher is the Director, Cancer Rehabilitation & Survivorship Cancer Institute, Associate Professor Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Associate Professor Medicine Cedar-Sinai’s Dr. Arash Asher leads an emerging movement in cancer care. As director of Cancer Survivorship and Rehabilitation at The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, he runs a dynamic clinic for patients and survivors. “Americans afflicted with this disease are living longer than ever and their outlook continues to improve,” says Dr. Asher. Cancer survivors have tripled over the past 30 years, now numbering 12 million.

Dr. Asher’s clinic supports patients and survivors facing a wide range of challenges such as fatigue, weakness, changes in thinking, and pain. “I speak for everyone on our multidisciplinary staff when I say we are committed to helping our patients live life to the fullest,” he says. In pursuit of that goal, Dr. Asher has integrated a number of innovative cancer rehabilitation programs, including art therapy, personalized exercise regimes, and novel cognitive rehabilitation for “chemobrain.”

Dr. Jeffrey Wertheimer, PhD, ABPP-CN

Dr. Wertheimer is the Associate Director within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Chief of Psychology and Neuropsychology, and the Director of Clinical Training in Neuropsychology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) and the California Rehabilitation Institute (Cal Rehab) in Los Angeles, California. He is a board-certified neuropsychologist with a focus in neuropsychological and psychological assessment and psychotherapy and has developed innovative programming for cognitive and psychological resilience for diverse medical populations.

Emerging from the Haze™ is a psycho-educational program offered at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angles since 2010 to help cancer patients and survivors cope with post-treatment cognitive issues. At its introduction and until the pandemic, the program was a roundtable, in-person format with six 2.5 hour sessions over 6 weeks including such topics as memory, nutrition, exercise and mindfulness. Several clinical studies validated the improvements patients reported, but the pandemic prevented in-person attendance. As a result, the format was shifted to a virtual format over 10 weeks instead of 6. The virtual format was also tested for effectiveness in clinical trials. The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows was chosen to film the course, and to help create a video course that could be used to more widely distribute the educational offering. We helped fine tune the six sessions of slide decks, and over three days, filmed the entire program.

The video version of Emerging from the Haze™, that can be used with or without a facilitator, is now being studied in a clinical trial in collaboration with Dr. Jamie Myers and the University of Kansas. The Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows looks forward to supporting the Cedars Survivorship program to create a video of its highly acclaimed GRACE program, a post-cancer patient / survivor program focused on psychological and spiritual well-being.

To learn more about Emerging from the Haze™ and GRACE (Growing Resilience And CouragE)™ please visit Our Program Offerings – Los Angeles, CA | Cedars-Sinai or call 310-248-7986

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