Online Mental Exercise Program Aims to Ease ‘Chemobrain’ in Cancer Patients

Online Mental Exercise Program Aims to Ease ‘Chemobrain’ in Cancer Patients
An online program, called Insight from Posit Science, may help to ease the cognitive effects of chemotherapy used to treat cancer, according to results of a large intervention study in cancer patients, including many with  breast cancer. Cognitive problems after chemotherapy, including difficulties with concentration or memory, are reported by up to 70 percent of cancer patients. The condition, only acknowledged by medical professionals in recent years, is popularly called  “chemobrain” or “chemofog,” although its official name is cancer-induced cognitive impairment, because such difficulties can start in cancer patients prior to chemotherapy. “For a lot of people who we hear from who have been through cancer treatment, day-to-day functioning issues are very real. Many people say they have difficulty concentrating, focusing and remembering things. The cancer experience does not end on the last day of treatment — the reality is that people often have to adapt to a different way of living,” Hannah Baird, lead supportive care manager of Cancer Council NSW, an Australian cancer research and patient advocacy group, said in a press release. This cancer induced cognitive impairment has been associated with poorer quality of life and increased levels of depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Lead by Dr. Victoria Bray, a medical oncologist and PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, the study evaluated 242 adult cancer patients (215 with breast cancer) who had received a minimum of three cycles of chemotherapy in the preceding five years and with cognitive symptoms. Participants were randomly assigned to either an online neurocognitive
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