Researchers study possible links between chemotherapy and memory loss
By Sharon Kirkey, Canwest News Service
While the following article focuses on breast cancer patients/survivors it does relate to all cancer survivors who have had chemotherapy treatments.
Dr. Shail Verma can instantly recognize a woman being treated for breast cancer the hair loss, pallor and fatigue. All are common and visible side effects of chemotherapy.
More hidden is what can happen once treatment ends.
Increasingly over the past decade, Verma and other cancer doctors are hearing reports of breast-cancer survivors struggling with thinking and memory problems.
“Women are coming and saying, I’m just not functioning the way I’m used to functioning. I’ve been a judge all my life and I can’t think crisply about things,’” says Verma, a medical oncologist at The Ottawa Hospital.