Study shows effects on brain after chemotherapy
Nov 16, 2011
A new study published in the journal Archives of Neurology found that women who have undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer have less activity in certain sections of their brains compared to those who were not treated with chemotherapy, according to Reuters.
This shows that patients who have suffered from what they considered foggy thinking with memory lapses after chemotherapy was actually a direct result, according to the news source.
"This is a huge validation for these women who are telling their doctors 'something is wrong with me'," said Shelli Kesler of Stanford University School of Medicine in California. "This shows that when a patient reports she's struggling with these types of problems, there's a good chance there has been a brain change."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is the disease the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.