Chemotherapy may have lasting cognitive effect

02/27/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

More than two decades after they were treated, 196 women who received three-drug chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer showed worse scores in cognitive processing speed, verbal memory, psychomotor speed and executive function tests compared with healthy women who had never had cancer. The results are the first to suggest chemotherapy may permanently affect cognitive abilities. The report was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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