UCLA Researchers Develop Program to Tackle Post-Chemo Cognitive Lapses

Training sessions with a psychologist, in women treated for breast cancer, helped women with their memory and to maintain their ability to pay attention to things-the so called "executive function and planning" activities.

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% of women after their treatments.

An estimated 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes, and following treatment, a mental fogginess can prevent them from being able to concentrate, staying organized and completing everyday activities, such as sticking to a schedule or planning a family gathering.

The new study, led by breast cancer research pioneer and UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center member Dr Patricia Ganz, builds upon her earlier research that found a statistically significant association between neuropsychological test performance and memory complaints among women with early stage breast cancer following treatment.

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