Exercise can help fight ‘chemo brain’ in breast cancer patients

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The findings suggest that maintaining higher levels of physical activity may indeed be important for protecting cognition in patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.


(Health Day News) — For breast cancer patients battling “chemo brain,” regular exercise may be a powerful prescription, a new study suggests.

The term “chemo brain” refers to thinking and memory problems often experienced by patients who undergo chemotherapy.

It’s “a growing clinical concern,” said study first author Elizabeth Salerno, an assistant professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “Some patients with cancer experience memory lapses, difficulty concentrating or trouble finding the right word to finish a sentence.”

In the study, Salerno’s team analyzed data from 580 U.S. breast cancer patients and a control group of 363 without cancer. (…)

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