Sleep disorders may occur in people with cancer caused by treatment, physical illness, pain, hospitalization and emotional stress. In fact, 80% of patients with cancer complain of poor sleep, and are less likely to tolerate cancer therapies.
MD Anderson was the first comprehensive cancer center in the United States with a dedicated sleep center, which includes the multidisciplinary Sleep Clinic and Sleep Lab.
MD Anderson's Sleep Center helps manage the effects of cancer and cancer treatment for patients with a variety of sleep disorders, including:
- Disorders of the sleep-wake cycle
- Disorders associated with sleep stages or partial waking
- Excessive sleepiness
- Sleep-disordered breathing
- Sleep-related movement disorders
The Sleep Center accepts referrals from MD Anderson patients or their oncologists. Please call 713-792-4017 for a sleep consult. Consults are performed in the Main Building, Floor 6, Near Elevator C. Get directions.
Sleep Center Staff
- Diwakar Balachandran, M.D., DABSM, Medical Director
- Lara Bashoura, M.D., DABSM
- Saadia Faiz, M.D.
- Brenda Aaron-Remmert, BS, RPSGT, Sleep Lab Coordinator
- Stephen Mahoney, BS, RPSGT, Senior Polysomnographic Technologist
- G. Nancy Pacheco, RPSGT, Polysomnographic Technologist
If you worry or "can't turn your brain off" when you try to sleep, make a list of things you need to do the next day.