Physical activity may prevent chemotherapy-related cognitive decline in women with breast cancer
Full article: https://ascopubs.org/doi/10.1200/JCO.20.03514?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%20%200pubmed
Many people experience chemo brain or chemo fog (cognitive effects) during and after chemotherapy. Researchers looked at the impact of physical activity on chemotherapy-related decline in memory, attention and information processing in women with breast cancer. This study shows that more physical activity before and during chemotherapy is linked to better information processing after chemotherapy. (Posted 1/6/22)
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Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- I’ve been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Will I benefit from increased physical activity?
- Should I exercise while receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer?
- What is the recommended amount of exercise for people undergoing chemotherapy?
- Should I report any cognitive changes during my chemotherapy treatment?
- Other than exercise, what else can I do to prevent chemotherapy-related cognitive decline?
Open Clinical Trials
The following studies are looking at management of side effects:
- NCT04533763: Living WELL: A Web-Based Program for Ovarian Cancer Survivors. This studies a group-based and web-delivered tool for ovarian cancer survivors in increasing quality of life and decreasing stress, depressive mood, anxiety, and fatigue across a 12-month period.
- NCT05047926: Prehabilitation for Advanced Ovarian Cancer Patients. Prehabilitation may improve peri-operative outcomes in patients undergoing cancer surgery. This study will look at structured activity for women undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy to improve their physical state prior to surgical intervention and thus improve outcomes.
The following are studies focused on exercise for people diagnosed with breast cancer.
Visit our Featured Research Page and Research Search and Enroll Tool to find additional studies enrolling people with, or at high risk for cancer.
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