Chemotherapy and Neuropsychological Functioning
Lost in cancer's fog
'Chemobrain' impairs thinking, memory after chemotherapy; anecdotal brain effects are just starting to get serious study
By JOHN FAUBER
01 September 2007
In two small groups of testicular and breast cancer patients, between 60% and 70% of the patients experienced some cognitive decline that was tied to the onset of their chemotherapy, said Christina Meyers, a professor and chief of neuropsychology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
"It's subtle," she said. "We are not talking about dementia or anything grossly obvious."
Within one year, about half of the patients were back to their pretreatment levels of cognitive ability, Meyers said.
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