- Question from LSuarez: What kind of doctor is the best specialist to see about chemo brain?
- Answers - Christina Meyers I think a person needs to go to their oncologist first for a diagnostic workup of potential medical problems that might be contributing. Depending on those workups, a neuropsychologist would determine a person's strengths and weaknesses and what the treatment would be after that.
- George Sledge, M.D. I would add that for many patients, if they have a good general internist, the internist may be able to look into things like endocrine disorders, sleep apnea, or depression, which are treatable. Depending on the internist and oncologist, the internist may be able to do a better job there than the oncologist. But once one has excluded the common reversible causes, it's well worth the trip to a neuropsychologist, and that's something I do frequently with my patients.
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.
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