Neuropsychological studies in breast cancer: in search of chemobrain
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Earlier detection and diagnosis of breast cancer has resulted in a growing number of patients with non-invasive tumors or localized invasive breast cancers. Among these early-stage patients, survival rates are high and most women can anticipate a normal life expectancy—making understanding and attending to post-treatment quality of life issues particularly pertinent. One area that has received increasing attention over the last several years is cognitive functioning [1, 2, 3], which is known to be strongly related to quality of life. The focus on post-treatment neurocognitive function has grown out of the recognition that a sizeable minority of patients undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy report and/or demonstrate some degree of cognitive compromise.
In this issue of ‘Breast Cancer Research and Treatment’, Quesnel and colleagues , report findings from a longitudinal study of early-stage breast cancer patients, (half of whom received adjuvant chemotherapy in addition to radiotherapy,...
KeywordsBreast Cancer Breast Cancer Survivor Cancer Group Menopausal Endocrine Therapy Cognitive Complaint
Supported in part by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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