Fri Dec 7, 2012, 09:47 AM
xchrom (108,903 posts)
‘Chemo Brain’ Fog May Be a Product of Stress Not Drugs
“Chemo brain,” a term describing the forgetfulness and cognitive fog that breast-cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy experience, may have more to do with the stress and fatigue caused by the disease, a study suggests.
More women with breast cancer scored lower on cognitive function tests before getting chemotherapy than did those without the disease, according to research presented today at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Women set to undergo radiation, rather than chemotherapy, for their disease also performed worse on memory and thinking tests before therapy.
The findings suggest that more can be done to help reduce stress and fatigue in breast cancer patients to alleviate their difficulties thinking clearly, remembering things and carrying out jobs and other responsibilities, said Bernadine Cimprich, the lead study author. Meditation, exercise and psychological support may help, she said.
“There is a need for increased clinical awareness that cognitive problems can begin before any treatment and might get worse over time,” Cimprich, an associate professor emerita at the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor, said yesterday in a telephone interview. “‘Chemo brain may not be the right label for cancer-related cognitive dysfunction. That then opens an opportunity for various interventions that were not there before.’’
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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:11 PM
KT2000 (12,075 posts)
3. one place to look
is at the nitric oxide cycle mechanism. Martin Pall, PhD has been researching this. It may explain part of the picture.