Head trauma affects chemo brain risk?

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Question from JW: Is the risk of chemo brain higher if one has had earlier head trauma?
Answers - Christina Meyers Unknown. Really unknown. If you've had an earlier head trauma and you have a problem related to that already, it doesn't increase your chance of having a reaction to chemotherapy. Women who have had chemo brain are no more likely to decline than anyone else, but that's a pretty big leap right there so I can't say other than for women who have problems before chemotherapy, they are unlikely to have more problems than anyone else. So we don't know.

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