Thursday, December 29, 2011

What the Vitamins in Your Blood Tell You About Your Brain

In an article just published in the journal Neurology (online version, 12-28-11), researchers identified three nutrient biomarker patterns (NBP) in blood that are linked to how well we think and reason.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Another Study: Changes in Cerebral White Matter After Chemo

Researchers (Sabine Deprez, MD, et. al.) at a university hospital in Belgium have added to significant evidence that cancer treatment affects attention, concentration, memory and how quickly we process information (psychomotor speed). It also decreases white matter in the frontal, parietal and occipital regions of the brain. Their study appeared this week in the online version of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cancer Itself May Contribute to Brain Fog. Chemo Makes It Worse, Says a Stanford Study

And now we have more evidence that chemo brain is real.

In the latest study published this week in Archives of Neurology, researchers at Stanford University found that women with breast cancer (regardless of whether they had surgery and chemotherapy, or just surgery alone), experienced reduced activity in parts of the brain responsible for working memory, planning and attention.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Friend, Joyce Parker, Passed Away

My husband Peter, Joyce & me at our son's wedding last year
Last Friday, my dear friend, Joyce Parker, passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer. We met each other six years ago at a weekend retreat for women survivors and hit it off instantly.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Another Resource: An E-Book on Chemotherapy

My friend and colleague, David Drum, sent me this note about his book and I am happy to post it here. -- ID

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

How to Advocate for Your Chemo Brain Care

By Heather Flanagan, ARNP-C
Guest Blogger

Heather Flanagan is a board certified nurse practitioner in a private practice in Tampa, Florida. She completed her master's in nursing at the University of Florida in 2007

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Learning Ukulele Has Helped My Memory

By Lori Nakamura
Aiea, Hawaii

I was 39 years old when I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. I went through 5 cycles of chemo, and still today endure the lingering effects of chemo brain.

Fortunately, I have a friend who told me about the Hands On Healing program. She explained that Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios offers free lessons to cancer survivors. Adding to the joy of learning to play the ukulele, my two daughters were able to sign up for lessons as well. Next month makes two years since we've taken up ukulele, and it will be 5 years since my surgery and treatments.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Chemo Brain May Last 5 Years or Longer After Stem Cell Transplant

Hi Everyone,

There's new research out, this time from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.  Karen Syrjala, PhD, and her team of scientists have found that patients who have undergone chemotherapy prior to receiving stem cell or bone marrow transplants to treat blood cancers, may suffer from some symptoms of chemo brain that are far more severe and long lasting than has generally been reported.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ten Years After Treatment & Still Struggling With Performance Anxiety & Depression

By Carol
Boston, MA
Guest Blogger

Ms. Davidson, Dr. Silverman,

Thank you so much for the book and the ongoing research.  My experience is similar to many patients you profile.  I'd like to offer some additional concrete examples that I've observed.