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More Than Chemo Brain: Several Factors Contribute to Cognitive Decline After Cancer
January 20, 2016
Though patients and survivors often complain of chemo brain during and after treatment for cancer, a growing body of research shows that there are multiple causes behind the cognitive decline many survivors experience.

Whatever the culprits, cognitive complaints persist for many cancer survivors long after their active treatment has ended, and there is increasing evidence to back this up, said Tim Ahles, in his presentation at the inaugural 2016 Cancer Survivorship Symposium.

Ahles, a behavioral psychologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, noted that most of the research on the cognitive impact of cancer treatments has been done in breast cancer, with at least 20 longitudinal studies devoted to cognitive functioning in this population.

While almost everyone reports some temporary issues with ...

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Good Family Functioning Crucial to Treatment, Recovery, Survivorship
December 08, 2015

With the survival rate of childhood cancer improving and advancements in treatments allowing more of the care to take place in the home, the responsibility of caregiving is increasingly being placed on family members.

Janet Deatrick, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing where she is the Shearer Endowed Chair in Healthy Community Practices, began her research on family management about three decades ago with the intent to examine family functioning in a variety of health care situations, particularly among survivors of childhood brain tumors. Over the years, Deatrick and fellow researchers have found that good family functioning is central to treatment, recovery and survivorship. While empirical research has shown that family management results in better outcomes, a lack of interventions to help ...

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On the Fence: The Pros and Cons of Breast Screening
October 26, 2015
It was over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in 2014 that Amy Bowman, a 37-year-old mom of two, first noticed a lump on her right breast.

Her OB/GYN sent her for an ultrasound because she was under 40. Those results led to a mammogram, which led to a biopsy. A day later, she found out she had cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma.

Bowman opted for a double mastectomy to avoid radiation, and she did not need chemotherapy. Today, she has no evidence of cancer. But there’s a twist: five years earlier, Bowman had seen her doctor for an unusual discharge from her right nipple. She had a mammogram and was referred for an MRI, but she discovered she was pregnant, so the techs ...

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