Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cancer related cognitive dysfunction

Study results presented at the Third AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities included mention that people with a history of cancer have a 40 percent greater likelihood of experiencing memory problems that interfere with daily functioning, compared with those who have not had cancer. After all the back-and-forth discussion, it appears that cancer-related memory issues can be related to treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapies, or to the tumor biology itself, which could change brain chemistry and neurobehavioral function. This makes it all the more important that individuals who experience an episode of cancer take careful steps to keep their brain as healthy and functional as possible.

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