Study finds evidence for 'chemo brain' in cancer survivors

November 15, 2011 1:56:58 PM PST
Some women who survive breast cancer after undergoing chemotherapy complain of "chemo brain." Now a new brain scan study finds evidence this does exist.

It involves the memory problems and other impairments that often accompany chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer.

According to the study in the Archives of Neurology, those areas of the brain that are involved in planning, attention and memory performance were less robust in breast cancer patients who had undergone chemotherapy.

The findings are said to be important not only to find ways to manage this side effect but to also give credibility to women who reported these side effects and weren't taken seriously.