Next: Tools to detect and treat “chemo brain” symptoms common in around 35% of breast cancer survivors
“UCLA researchers have developed a program that could improve the day-to-day lives of women with breast cancer by addressing post-treatment cognitive difficulties, sometimes known as “chemo brain,” which can affect up to 35 percent of women after their treatments…
“We gave women exercises on, for example, how to remember a ‘to-do’ list, remembering to buy items at the store, or planning a party and deciding what type of food should be served to guests,” said Ercoli, a co-author of the study. “Participants were given real-life tasks to complete that would use these types of strategies to improve cognitive function.”
“The brain wave pattern in the intervention group actually normalized,” Ganz said. “We hope that this might be an effective biologic way to assess the cognitive effects of cancer treatment in the future.”
Study: Cognitive rehabilitation group intervention for breast cancer survivors: results of a randomized clinical trial (Psycho-Oncology). From the abstract:
- Purpose: We conducted a randomized clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of a cognitive rehabilitation (CR) intervention compared with a wait list (WL) control condition on cognitive complaints, neuropsychological and brain functioning in breast cancer survivors (BCS).
- Conclusions: BCS in the CR group showed immediate and sustained improvements in self-reported cognitive complaints and memory functioning on neurocognitive testing. Results of the qEEG substudy provide some support for neurophysiological changes underlying the intervention.