Researchers Determine Which Chemotherapy Drugs Cause the Worst Side Effects

Posted on December 4, 2015 by Disability Help Group

A health condition known as “chemobrain” is a common affliction for many breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Patients routinely report the cognitive ailment, which includes a general “mental fog” of confusion and forgetfulness, during and after chemotherapy doses.

Recently, a team of doctors from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the Stanford University School of Medicine in California completed a study to determine if certain chemotherapy drugs caused worse cognitive impairment than others. The study, published in the JAMA Oncology medical journal, compared the effects of anthracycline-based and nonanthracycline-based treatments.

Using data from 62 breast cancer survivors who underwent treatment at least two years prior to the study, the research team assessed their cognitive functions using neuropsychological tests and imaging scans of the brain. The study found that the 20 women who had treatment with anthracycline-based chemotherapy had the worst cognitive impairment compared to the 19 women who had nonanthracycline-based drugs and the 23 who did not have chemotherapy.

Chemobrain can cause significant cognitive impairment in breast cancer patients that can linger throughout treatment and even following completion of treatment. Many people going through chemotherapy cannot work during their treatment, and the lasting effects of the drugs can often result in long-term impairment. Many cancer patients cannot work during chemo treatment and may even be unable to return to work following the completion of treatment.

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