Does chemo damage the brain?

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Question from Dayse: Does chemotherapy damage the brain? And is it reversible?
Answers - Christina Meyers There are a couple of answers to this. Animal models show that some chemotherapy agents can damage the brain. They study rodents who are genetically all the same. Humans are not genetically all the same, and so what we know is some people have no problem, some have moderate, and some have severe problems. So there may be a genetic reason for this. Even though there is some evidence that some chemotherapy agents can cause brain injury, again, it's from genetically related animal models and you can't just transfer that to what happens to people.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Chemo Brain featured Christina Meyers, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. and George Sledge, M.D. answering your questions about how long chemo brain can last, what treatments can be helpful, and current research on cognitive effects of breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2008.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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