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Cognitive Function in Breast Cancer Survivors

  • Janette Vardy
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Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 151)

Cancer survivors have coined the terms “chemobrain” and “chemofog” to refer to the problems that patients experience with their memory and/or concentration during and after completing chemotherapy. A number of studies have confirmed that some breast cancer survivors suffer cognitive impairment after chemotherapy [1–8], although recent studies have found that some women’s cognitive impairment may predate the chemotherapy [9], and hormonal treatment may also impact on cognitive function [8, 10]. For most women the problem appears subtle and often improves after ceasing chemotherapy; however, for a subset of survivors, the symptoms are sustained and can impact significantly on their quality of life and ability to function in their everyday activities [7, 11, 12].

Keywords

Breast Cancer Cognitive Impairment Breast Cancer Patient Cognitive Function Breast Cancer Survivor 
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  1. 1.Sydney Cancer Centre, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Department of Medical OncologyThe University of Sydney, Cancer Institute NSWSydneyAustralia

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