“Chemobrain” seen in breast cancer patients up to six months after treatment
Full article: https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.2016.68.5826
Many people report memory or concentration problems, commonly known as “chemobrain,” during and after cancer treatment. New research shows that for some breast cancer patients these issues continue 6 months after treatment. Documentation of this well-known effect is a crucial first step in developing ways to limit and treat it. (02/02/17)
Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- Is my treatment likely to affect my memory?
- Will these effects improve over time?
- People have been commenting that I am slower/forgetful. Is this because of the chemotherapy?
- Is there anything that I can do to improve my memory?
- Are there any medications that I can take to improve my memory?
- What other treatment side effects should I expect?
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.
FORCE is a national nonprofit organization, established in 1999. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by adult hereditary cancers.