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chemotherapy and cognition

Amara Gul, Sadia Zafar
The objective of the current study was to compare cognitive flexibility and emotion regulation between childhood survivors of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) and healthy control subjects. Twenty-five childhood survivors of ALL treated with intrathecal chemotherapy between 2013 to 2016 from Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, Children Hospital and Jinnah Hospital Lahore and twenty-five healthy demographically matched children (control group) participated in the study. Participants performed task switching experiment as a measure of cognitive flexibility and emotion regulation questionnaire for children and adolescents...
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Kenneth A Schwartz, Mary Noel, Michele Nikolai, Howard T Chang
Survival of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) with the current recommended treatment is poor. Reported median survivals are approximately 8-15 months. Based on recent publications from animal models, combining cancer drugs, radiation, and diet-metabolic treatments may be a new route to better survivals. To investigate this possibility, we have begun a clinical trial that has enrolled 15 subjects using a ketogenic diet (KD) as an addition to current standard treatments that include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy...
2018: Frontiers in Nutrition
Dong-Dong Shi, Celia M Dong, Leon C Ho, C T W Lam, Xi-Dan Zhou, Ed X Wu, Zhong-Jun Zhou, Xiao-Min Wang, Zhang-Jin Zhang
Chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment, also known as "chemobrain," is a common side effect. The purpose of this study was to examine whether resveratrol, a natural polyphenol that has nootropic effects, could prevent chemobrain and its underlying mechanisms. Mice received three injections of docetaxel, adriamycin, and cyclophosphamide (DAC) in combination, a common chemotherapy regimen, at two-day intervals within one week. Resveratrol (50 and 100 mg/kg per day) was orally administered for three weeks, beginning one week before the DAC treatment...
March 10, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Faisal S Ali, Maryam R Hussain, Carolina Gutiérrez, Petya Demireva, Leomar Y Ballester, Jiguang-Jay Zhu, Angel Blanco, Yoshua Esquenazi
Cognitive dysfunction is common among patients with intracranial tumors. Most cognitive deficits are subtle, lack specificity, may mimic depression or other neurological disorders and may be recognized in retrospect by the physician. In certain cases, distinguishing between tumor recurrence and cognitive deficits that arise as a consequence of the treatment becomes challenging. Late treatment effects have also become an area of focus as the overall survival and prognosis of patients with brain tumors increases...
March 2, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Janette L Vardy, Haryana Mary Dhillon, Gregory R Pond, Corrinne Renton, Stephen J Clarke, Ian F Tannock
Background: Inflammation promotes the development of malignancy, while a variety of systemic markers of inflammation predict for worse cancer outcomes including recurrence and survival. Here, we evaluate the prognostic impact of cytokine concentrations, full blood count (FBC) differential ratios, cognitive function and fatigue on survival in patients with localised colorectal cancer (CRC). Patients and methods: Data are from a prospective longitudinal study comparing cognitive function and fatigue in patients with CRC who did (n=173) and did not (n=116) receive adjuvant/neoadjuvant chemotherapy...
2018: ESMO Open
Nathan Perlis, Murray D Krahn, Kirstin E Boehme, Shabbir Mh Alibhai, Munir Jamal, Antonio Finelli, Srikala S Sridhar, Peter Chung, Rushi Gandhi, Jennifer Jones, George Tomlinson, Karen E Bremner, Girish Kulkarni
PURPOSE: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is important in bladder cancer care and clinical decision-making because patients must choose between diverse treatment modalities with unique morbidities. A patient-reported outcome (PRO) measure of overall HRQOL for bladder cancer regardless of disease severity and treatment could benefit clinical care and research. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective questionnaire development was completed in three parts. In study 1, the Bladder Utility Symptom Scale (BUSS) questions were created by experts using a conceptual framework of BC HRQOL generated through patient focus groups...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Urology
Beatrice J Edwards, Xiaotao Zhang, Ming Sun, Holly M Holmes, Leena Ketonen, Nandita Guha, Peter Khalil, Juhee Song, Shelli Kesler, Jay B Shah, Debasish Tripathy, Vicente Valero, Richard E Champlin
OBJECTIVE: To assess cognitive function in older adults undergoing cancer care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study, in the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in older adults undergoing cancer care. Comprehensive geriatric assessments were conducted prior to surgery, chemotherapy or allogeneic stem cell transplantation, at the Program for Healthy Aging from January 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015. Cognitive assessment was conducted through personal and family interview, and the Montreal cognitive assessment (MoCA)...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Supriya G Mohile, Allison Magnuson, Chintan Pandya, Carla Velarde, Paul Duberstein, Arti Hurria, Kah Poh Loh, Megan Wells, Sandy Plumb, Nikesha Gilmore, Marie Flannery, Marsha Wittink, Ronald Epstein, Charles E Heckler, Michelle Janelsins, Karen Mustian, Judith O Hopkins, Jane Liu, Srihari Peri, William Dale
Background: This study's objectives were to describe community oncologists' beliefs about and confidence with geriatric care and to determine whether geriatric-relevant information influences cancer treatment decisions. Methods: Community oncologists were recruited to participate in 2 multisite geriatric oncology trials. Participants shared their beliefs about and confidence in caring for older adults. They were also asked to make a first-line chemotherapy recommendation (combination vs single-agent vs no chemotherapy) for a hypothetical vignette of an older patient with advanced pancreatic cancer...
March 2018: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
Ida M Ki Moore, Kari M Koerner, Patricia M Gundy, David W Montgomery, Kathleen C Insel, Lynnette L Harris, Olga A Taylor, Marilyn J Hockenberry
Aggressive central nervous system (CNS)-directed treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most prevalent cancer among children and adolescents, prevents metastasis of leukemia cells into the brain. Up to 60% of survivors experience cognitive problems, but knowledge about risk factors for and mechanisms of neurologic injury is lacking. Objectives of the present study were to (1) quantify changes in oxidant defense and apoptosis over the course of ALL therapy and (2) elucidate risk factors for long-term cognitive problems...
January 1, 2018: Biological Research for Nursing
Howard L Kaufman, Carla Dias Barbosa, Isabelle Guillemin, Jérémy Lambert, Lisa Mahnke, Murtuza Bharmal
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare and aggressive skin cancer with limited treatment options at advanced stages. There is a paucity of data available regarding the impact of MCC and its management on patients' lives. This study aimed to address this gap by interviewing patients with metastatic MCC entering a trial of an immunotherapy (avelumab). METHODS: In a single-arm, open-label, international, phase 2 trial in patients with stage IV, chemotherapy-refractory, histologically confirmed MCC, patients were invited to participate in semi-structured phone interviews...
March 6, 2018: Patient
John Syrios, Evelina Pappa, Nikolaos Volakakis, Anastasios Grivas, John Alafis, Sofia Manioudaki, Vasiliki Tzouda, Athanasios Korogiannos, Cleopatra Rapti, Nektarios Koufopoulos, Adamantia Nikolaidou, Eleftheria Kanavou, Athanasios Alexopoulos, Anna Koumarianou
Purpose: Trastuzumab, a humanized anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (anti-HER2) antibody delivered intravenously, has revolutionized the treatment of patients with breast cancer overexpressing HER2 protein. Recently, a newer subcutaneous formulation was shown to have comparable efficacy to the initial intravenous trastuzumab. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of subcutaneous trastuzumab on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients diagnosed with early or metastatic HER2-overexpressing breast cancer...
2018: Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research
Karen Steindorf, Martina E Schmidt, Philipp Zimmer
A growing number of literature reports positive effects of physical activity and exercise. These effects concern prevention, mortality and progress of cancer. Furthermore they show a reduction of disease- and treatment-specific side effects, which implies a better patients' quality of life. Evidence shows a decreased mortality risk in patients with physically active cancer of colon, breast, ovaries and prostate. Activity recommendations for patients with cancer do not differ from those for healthy persons...
March 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Robert Knoerl, Zach Chornoby, Ellen M L Smith
Patients undergoing treatment for cancer commonly experience symptoms such as sleep disturbance, pain, anxiety, depression, and low energy/fatigue (SPADE), subsequently altering physical function and complicating effective symptom management. However, little is known about the frequency, severity, and clustering of SPADE symptoms in individuals with chronic painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). The purpose of this cross-sectional, secondary analysis was to describe the frequency, severity, and clustering of SPADE symptoms and their association with physical function in individuals with chronic painful CIPN...
March 1, 2018: Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses
Anne-Laure Lemaitre, Gilles Lafargue, Hugues Duffau, Guillaume Herbet
A growing body of evidence suggests that individuals with pronounced schizotypal traits also display particular neurophysiological and morphological features - notably with regard to left frontotemporal connectivity. However, the studies published to date have focused on subclinical subjects and psychiatric patients, rather than brain-damaged patients. Here, we used the French version of the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire to assess schizotypal traits in a sample of 97 patients having undergone surgical resection of a diffuse low-grade glioma...
February 27, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
Laura Attademo, Stefano De Falco, Mario Rosanova, Marcello Esposito, Federica Mazio, Francesca Foschini, Antonio Santaniello, Giovanni Fiore, Elide Matano, Fiore Manganelli, Chiara Carlomagno
RATIONALE: Paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis (PLE) is one of the most common causes of neurologic paraneoplastic syndromes, with unclear pathogenesis. While several reports published in the last decades showed the occurrence of PLE in a variety of cancers, only a few cases have been associated with colon cancer. PATIENT CONCERNS: In February 2017, a 54-year-old man with clinical history of radically resected colon cancer started first line chemotherapy with FOLFOXIRI plus bevacizumab, after radiological diagnosis of multiple liver and bone metastases...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Wei Liu, Yin Ting Cheung, Heather M Conklin, Lisa M Jacola, DeoKumar Srivastava, Vikki G Nolan, Hongmei Zhang, James G Gurney, I-Chan Huang, Leslie L Robison, Ching-Hon Pui, Melissa M Hudson, Kevin R Krull
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the evolution of neurocognitive problems from therapy completion to long-term follow-up in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated with chemotherapy only. METHODS: We evaluated whether attention problems observed at therapy completion evolve into long-term executive dysfunction in 158 survivors treated on a single institution protocol. Treatment data (high-dose intravenous methotrexate exposure [serum concentration] and triple intrathecal chemotherapy injections) were collected...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Hye-Sang Park, Chang-Ju Kim, Hyo-Bum Kwak, Mi-Hyun No, Jun-Won Heo, Tae-Woon Kim
Although chemotherapy increases the survival rate of patients with various cancers, such treatment can induce acute or long-term cognitive dysfunction a phenomenon known as post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment (PCCI) or "chemobrain." Exercise is known to positively affect brain function. Thus, the present study aimed to determine whether symptoms of chemobrain and disruptions in the neuroplasticity and functioning of hippocampal mitochondria can be prevented or relieved by exercise. Wistar rats were separated into the following groups: control, control plus exercise, chemobrain, and chemobrain plus exercise...
February 22, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Olga Zając-Spychała, Mikolaj Pawlak, Katarzyna Karmelita-Katulska, Jakub Pilarczyk, Katarzyna Jończyk-Potoczna, Agnieszka Przepióra, Katarzyna Derwich, Jacek Wachowiak
The aim of the study was to evaluate the long-term neurodevelopmental consequences of currently applied acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) therapy containing chemotherapy alone or combined with 12 Gy radiotherapy. Seventy-nine children aged 6.3-21.7 years diagnosed with ALL and treated according to ALL IC-BFM 2002 have been studied. The control group consisted of 23 children newly diagnosed with ALL. We assessed subcortical gray matter volume using automatic MRI segmentation and cognitive performance to identify differences between three therapeutic schemes and patients prior to treatment...
February 9, 2018: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Ayşe Bozkurt Turhan, S Tülin Fidan, Coşkun Yarar, E Nazlı Sakallı, Zeynep Canan Özdemir, Özcan Bör
As survival rates have improved in pediatric patients with leukemia, late side effects from chemotherapeutics and radiotherapy have become important considerations. We investigated these side effects and evaluated their impact on neurocognitive functions. The observational study included 68 patients with acute leukemia who were treated at Eskisehir Osmangazi University Medical Faculty. The study also included 62 of the patients' closest age siblings as a control group. Demographic and clinical data, chemotherapy protocol, use of radiotherapy were recorded, neurological and ophthalmological examinations, cranial imaging, electroencephalography, visual evoked potential, and hearing investigations were performed, and neurocognitive functions were evaluated...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
Po-Ju Lin, Luke J Peppone, Michelle C Janelsins, Supriya G Mohile, Charles S Kamen, Ian R Kleckner, Chunkit Fung, Matthew Asare, Calvin L Cole, Eva Culakova, Karen M Mustian
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To (1) explain what yoga is, (2) summarize published literature on the efficacy of yoga for managing cancer treatment-related toxicities, (3) provide clinical recommendations on the use of yoga for oncology professionals, and (4) suggest promising areas for future research. RECENT FINDINGS: Based on a total of 24 phase II and one phase III clinical trials, low-intensity forms of yoga, specifically gentle hatha and restorative, are feasible, safe, and effective for treating sleep disruption, cancer-related fatigue, cognitive impairment, psychosocial distress, and musculoskeletal symptoms in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation and cancer survivors...
February 1, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
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