Chemotherapy Affects Brain Function Including Memory and Concentration, Study Finds

A study of 21 women is published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment showed that patients suffering from cognitive symptoms after chemotherapy have specific alterations in brain metabolism.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), used positron emission tomography (PET) to take images of key regions of the brain while participants performed memory-related tasks.

The study helped explain why survivors who have had chemotherapy experience confusion, memory impairment, and other cognitive problems.

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