Memory issues after cancer may not be...

Memory issues after cancer may not be due to chemo

There are 7 comments on the The Raw Story story from Dec 12, 2011, titled Memory issues after cancer may not be due to chemo. In it, The Raw Story reports that:

Women treated for breast cancer with radiation with or without chemotherapy had more thinking and memory problems a few years after their treatment ended than women who'd never had cancer, in a new study.

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wonderer_2

Hummelstown, PA

#1 Dec 12, 2011
IT"S NOT JUST WOMEN...
I've been treated with radiation for prostate cancer and am now in a hormone therapy treatment protocol. I am finding it extremely difficult to have an intelligent conversation due to forgetting key words that I need to express my thoughts. While I'm frustrated and trying to remember words I end up forgetting the whole context of what I was trying to say. It's not just intermittent either. I find it occurring very frequently.

Since: Mar 12

U.K

#3 Apr 2, 2012
perhaps it's a hormonal thing then not just a women thing.
r__fishel

Hershey, PA

#4 May 3, 2012
Nice...

Since: Feb 09

Location hidden

#5 May 4, 2012
hannahgestalt wrote:
perhaps it's a hormonal thing then not just a women thing.
or both..

Since: Mar 12

U.K

#7 May 30, 2012
there's no doubt in my mind that any treatment that kills cells (cancer or healthy) is likely to also kill brain cells, which do not regenerate. although radiation treatment is supposed to be localized only, it must not be, else why would the staff leave the room whilst the machine is on and not just move away.
this article implies that it may be due to the effect cancer has on the body and not just the treatments effects. i suppose this is possible, as the body would have to have been in a condition of ill-ease for the immune system to have not killed the cancer to begin with, as cancer cells are arising all the time and the immune system is usually always dealing with that with no problem. i suspect that a body running under par in this way may contribute to poor mental functioning also; perhaps a immune deficiency/nutritional deficiency. also the role played by hormones in cancer is not to be underestimated, especially for cancer affecting any glands. an example from this is the decreased mental functioning of pregnant women and of a condition that (uncommonly) occurs in men where there is hormonal (usually oestrogen) imbalance.
what ever the main cause it's about time more was done in the treatments of chemo and radio where healthy cells were left intact - this has been talked about for several years now, but does not appear to be happening.
personally i believe more consideration also should be taken to the after-cancer affects. it seems to me that we are all just supposed to be so grateful to be alive (i'm not saying that we shouldn't be, and i am aware many are not) that we should just put up with a lot of permanent impairment - both physical and mental.

Since: Feb 09

Location hidden

#8 Jun 5, 2012
u would think being grateful to be alive is the most important but really its Feeling "alive" thats more important, otherwise its all for nothing..

sometimes i wonder if the effort is worth it since u go thru the rest of ur life worrying if cancer will strike again.
for ur loved ones, it is - but the patient doesnt always feel that way.

Since: Mar 12

U.K

#9 Jun 6, 2012
Yes I agree, for your loved ones that's the only real consideration - for you to be well/cancer free/alive. So little consideration is taken for those of us that have long-term/permanent after-effects, physical & mental & emotional. It's having to come to terms with living a different life than before the cancer, and even in a lot of ways, being a different person than before - not an improved version either.
For me, the worry of cancer return has almost gone as I don't see how it can come back (having had surgery)
, but the only consolation is that at least having had cancer I'd be alert to any signs (eg. unexplained weight loss) and if it did return I think to myself - I've lived through the hell of treatment before so I could do it again (wouldn't want to - but I could).

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