Cognitive Function

  • Christina A. Meyers
Part of the MD Anderson Cancer Care Series book series (MDCCS)


Many cancer survivors suffer from neurocognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms that interfere with their academic, vocational, or social pursuits. These impairments commonly include problems with memory, attention, and speed of thinking. However, many cancer survivors can enjoy improved levels of functioning if properly diagnosed and provided with the right support. A number of interventions can lessen the adverse impact of neurocognitive impairments on cancer survivors’ ability to function in daily life.


Cancer Survivor Cognitive Dysfunction Cognitive Symptom Neuropsychological Evaluation Memory Disturbance 
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© The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina A. Meyers
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  1. 1.Section of Neuropsychology, Department of NeuropsychologyThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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