People coping with cancer treatment are often saddled with one of the chemotherapy side effects called “chemo brain.” These cognitive issues may include areas related to remembering names or where things are, as well as challenges with learning new tasks, organizing thoughts, decision-making, or paying attention and concentrating. Some struggle with cognitive problems and chemotherapy side effects for years after treatment ends.
Can exercise help?
Researchers from multiple U.S. institutions conducted a study to evaluate physical activity and among breast cancer patients before, during and after chemotherapy and the link between physical activity and cognitive function. After evaluating more than 900 women, researchers found that more physical activity among breast cancer patients before and during chemotherapy treatment was linked with better cognitive function immediately after treatment and 6 months after treatments finished.
The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2021; doi:10.1200/JCO.20).
See also: Training Cancer Patients
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