Negative Effects in Mental Abilities Present Even After Years Of Breast Cancer Therapy

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Cancer has always brought devastating impact to people’s lives physically, emotionally and financially. More than that, treatment approaches have also been responsible for some detriments. For example, chemotherapeutic agents cause side effects like nausea and vomiting, hair loss and myelosuppression and suppression of the immune system. Studies are being continuously conducted to give light to its other effects. It was revealed in a recent analysis that breast cancer survivors may still suffer from cognitive problems even after many years after therapy. This is found online in CANCER, which is a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. This investigation connotes that there may be some usual and treatment-specific ways that anti-cancer interventions have negative outcomes in survivor’s cognitive abilities.

Studies in the past noted that chemotherapy may lead to problems related to memory and concentration in survivors of breast cancer. Paul Jacobsen, PhD, (from the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tamps) and his team aimed to make a comparison of the effects of different types of cancer treatment on cognitive abilities. They performed an examination of 62 breast cancer patients who received chemotherapeutic and radiation treatment, 67 patients who received radiation only, and 184 patients without history of cancer. Six months after they complete treatment and then 36 months later, the participants in this study underwent neuropsychological assessments.

Moreover, it was demonstrated in the study that chemotherapeutic intervention can result to problems in mental abilities of breast cancer patients. This was said to persist for three years after they completed the treatment. Furthermore, the research team discovered that breast cancer survivors treated with radiation only frequently suffered the same problems with those breast cancer survivors who received chemotherapeutic and radiation therapies. On the other hand, they found no evidence that hormonal therapy, like tamoxifen, led to cognitive disabilities.

Additionally, according to Dr. Jacobsen, it was shown in their study results that the problems some breast cancer survivors experience in relation to their cognitive abilities are not caused by administration of chemotherapy. He further added that their findings gave a more thorough understanding on the effects of cancer therapy on the mental aspect of breast cancer survivors, compared with studies which did not follow survivors in a long period or explore cognition in patients treated with chemotherapy. Their findings can be useful in helping patients cope better with the cognitive impact of anti-cancer interventions.




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