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Chemo Brain is Real and Can Last 10 Years – Chemotherapy Link to Memory Problems and Slow Cognitive Ability

Chemo Brain is Real and Can Last 10 Years – Chemotherapy Link to Memory Problems and Slow Cognitive Ability

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Researchers believe they know why patients who undergo chemotherapy experience an effect referred to as “chemo-brain”, in which cognitive function is diminished and can last as long as a decade after treatment. Although the pet scans of chemotherapy patients show a lower metabolism in parts of the brain, they are not sure what is causing it.

Dr. Daniel Silverman said "The PET scans show a link between chemo-brain symptoms and lower metabolism in a key region of the frontal cortex. We found that the lower the patient's resting brain metabolism rate was, the more difficulty she had performing the memory test." Silverman is a member of UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and is head of neuronuclear imaging and associate professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Wyeth's Prempro found not liable in Arkansas woman's cancer

Wyeth's Prempro found not liable in Arkansas woman's cancer

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Today a federal jury in Arkansas found Wyeth not guilty of misinformation regarding its hormone products Premarin and Prempro. Linda Reeves, age 67, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 61 after having taken Premarin and Provera for 8 years. Without delving too much into the science behind hormones and breast cancer, I, personally, must say that this ruling is disappointing but not baffling (or at least needs further elucidation than what the current articles are saying).

Although everyone agrees now that hormones increase the risk of breast cancer, whether the pharmaceutical giant actually omitted all data in its literature (whether observational or trial based) linking the two is probably the key element. They may have DOWNPLAYED the significance, but I think if all references had been lacking in any brochures, then plaintiffs such as Reeves may have had a better shot.

Breast Cancer Survival Rate improves with Exercise

Breast Cancer Survival Rate improves with Exercise

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A recent study concluded that overweight and obese women who had the highest amounts of physical activity the year before being diagnosed with breast cancer had a better rate of survival. The report was first published in the October 15th issue of CANCER.

Researchers investigated obese and overweight women and found that those who exercised and remained active had a higher 5 year survival rates. Women that were at their ideal body weight did not show any increase in survival rates because of exercise.

Social Networking for Cancer Patients

Social Networking for Cancer Patients

MyCancerPlace http://www.mycancerplace.com the first worldwide community for cancer patients, has just been launched. It’s allows members to create a real community where they can connect and network with other, share personal stories and emotional support, discuss treatment information and resources, listen to teleconferences, find out about cancer events, create personal web pages with text and pictures that can be updated and changed easily, and more.

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