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Suffering from "chemo brain"? There’s hope and many things you can do

November 20, 2019

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Jorg Dietrich, MD, PhD, Contributor

Dr. Jorg Dietrich (MD, PhD, MMSc, FANA, FAAN) is the director of the Cancer & Neurotoxicity Clinic and Brain Repair Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center, associate professor of neurology at Harvard … See Full Bio
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zabee saqibi
November 29, 2019

If you or someone you care for is having problems with memory or thinking following cancer treatment, it is important to undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation to rule out other conditions that can mimic certain side effects from chemotherapy. For example, endocrine disorders (such as thyroid abnormalities), vitamin deficiencies, sleep deprivation, or depression should all be ruled out (or treated), as these conditions can cause changes in memory

November 21, 2019

“Medications such as neurostimulants and anti-aging drugs may be used in conjunction with lifestyle interventions to improve memory and cognition after cancer treatments. Speak with your doctor about these options.

New research suggests there may be a connection between the immune system, the bone marrow, and the brain, highlighting new avenues for future pharmacological and biological therapies that may enhance brain function after injury and delay the process of brain aging.”

Cool! More expensive meds that only a decreasing number of people will be able to afford. More taxpayer subsidies to develop new drugs w/unknown long term side effects but that will bring greater profits to the pharmaceutical industry (because the new NAFTA’s increased patent length protection just isn’t enough support for the drug industry).

How about researchers working on ways to make chemo more targeted & less destructive of healthy cells?

How about working on preventing cancer? MDs pushing for less use of pesticides, et al?

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