Chemo Brain IS Real
I don't know whether to hope someone did spend a lot of money on this study (as in, we need evidence) or to hope that no one did (as in, we knew it all along). Here, at last, is a study proclaiming the reality of chemobrain. Here is the start of the article from Health Day and then a link:
By Amanda Gardner
MONDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have homed in on which parts of the brain seem to be involved in "chemo brain," the memory problems and other impairments that often accompany chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer.
According to research in the November issue of the Archives of Neurology, those areas of the brain that are involved in planning, attention and memory performance were less robust in breast cancer patients who had undergone chemotherapy than in breast cancer patients who had not had chemotherapy or in healthy women who acted as study controls.
The findings are important not only to find ways to manage this side effect, but also to give credibility to women who report these effects and aren't taken seriously, said the authors of the report and another expert.
"There's been a controversy whether it's the disease itself or hormonal blockade medications or chemotherapy," said study lead author Shelli Kesler.