A critical aspect of cognitive rehabilitation in neuro-oncology is the higher likelihood that providers may need to incorporate end of life care. Cognitive rehabilitation specialists can play an important role in sustaining and improving quality of life and functioning during this critical period in patients’ lives. Delivering effective support can be simultaneously essential and quite challenging, however, including: cognitive and communication impairment, behavioral changes, environmental and mobility limitations, and the fundamental question of when and how to present such care. This symposium will highlight evidence-based intervention approaches, resources, and case examples across the lifespan, including pediatrics. The overall goal of this symposium is to outline the supportive role cognitive rehabilitation professionals can play during this sensitive phase, against the backdrop of shifting from a “recovery” mindset to one that focuses on maximizing quality of life and the patient’s personal sense of meaning.
Outline the scope of end of life issues and needs in neuro-oncology patients
Identify the challenges and benefits of cognitive rehabilitation services in the context of end of life care
Identify cognitive rehabilitation techniques and best-practices to enhance care at end of life for patients with brain tumors