I read some research about chemo brain, but I can't remember what it was
Posted Feb 03 2009 1:00am
Readers may remember research a couple of years ago that showed that when used in combination methotrexate and 5-fluorouracil caused significant cognitive problems in mice. Well good news. One of the authors of the research, pharmacologist Ellen Walker has received a 1.5 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health.
As many former cancer patients can attest chemotherapy can have significant side effects, hair loss, fatigue, nausea and weight gain or loss. No one questions those side effects but bring up "chemo fog" (or "chemo brain" as it's called in my house) and the reaction may be very mixed. Some doctors even wonder if it exists blaming it instead on depression, anemia, stress or menopause.
Despite the fact the chemo has been around for decades there is little research on chemo brain. Dr. Walker, whose mother had breast cancer, believes that "chemo fog" is real and now with this grant she has the financial support to investigate in far greater depth than ever before. She will be putting a full time staff person on the project and studying four more chemotherapeutic agents, maybe even yours.