Breast cancer causes brain injury?

By Estelle Piencenaves, December 01, 2011

A recent study published at the Archives of Neurology reveals that breast cancer survivors who were treated with chemotherapy may suffer significant brain impairment.

The experiment used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in monitoring the brain activity in 62 women: 25 with breast cancer who had chemotherapy, 19 with breast cancer who did not undergo chemotherapy, and 18 healthy females, matched for age, educational level and menopausal status.

The results showed that women with breast cancer (with or without chemo) had significant neurological impairment. But the women in the chemotherapy group showed poorer outcome.

Furthermore, the study also revealed that old age and low educational level appear to worsen the effects of chemotherapy on women's brain function. For more information on the research, click this link.