Navigation Links
Cognitive deficits lead to 'loss of self' among cancer patients
Date:10/2/2007

CONCORD, Mass. - For some cancer patients, side effects impacting cognition don't end with the last dose of chemotherapy.

According to a new survey, the cognitive impairment experienced by 14 to 45 percent of cancer patients can be long-lasting and severely affect their personal and professional lives. Patients report that the lack of concentration, short-term memory loss, difficulty with word recall and the inability to organize or multi-task have led to significant problems at home and in the workplace.

"One of the most poignant and striking findings from this study is that patients most severely affected no longer identify with the person they were prior to treatment," said Janet Colantuono, executive director of Hurricane Voices Breast Cancer Foundation, the nonprofit that conducted the survey. "Contributing to this 'loss of self' is the loss of credibility, respect of others, self esteem and employment."

In addition to exploring the impact on their personal and professional lives, the Cognitive Changes Related to Cancer Treatment survey also uncovered that 42 percent of the survey respondents describe their doctors as dismissive or indifferent when it came to addressing their concerns.

"This survey clearly demonstrates the serious ramifications that enduring cognitive impairment can have on cancer patients' lives," said Dr. Ian Tannock, a leading researcher in the area of cognition and cancer. "It also underscores an immediate need for education in the medical community to bridge the gap between patients' concern and oncologists' understanding of this issue."

Colantuono said she, too, expects the study to result in increased awareness among medical professionals so they can better assist patients struggling with cognitive impairments following treatment.

"Results of this survey enhance current scientific research - presenting a collective voice that illuminates the patient experience," adds Colantuono. "We anticipate that it will also help break through obstacles in the doctor/patient relationship."


'/>"/>

Contact: Janet Colantuono
info@hurricanevoices.org
978-369-0026
Hurricane Voices Breast Cancer Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Women With Diabetes At Increased Risk Of Developing Cognitive Impairment
2. Physical Activity Good For Developing Cognitive Skills
3. Cancer survivors may have cognitive impairment
4. Noise pollution can cause harm in cognitive development of children
5. PET scans can detect the results of cognitive behavior therapy
6. Cognitive rehabilitation holds promise for schizophrenic brain function improvements
7. Suicidal Tendencies May Be Treated With Cognitive Therapy
8. Smoking And Its Relation To Neurocognitive Deficits In Alcoholism
9. Blood Pressure Later Leads to Cognitive Problems
10. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Seen To Be Effective Against Back Pain
11. Injury to aorta during surgery may cause cognitive loss
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... "ProText Layouts Vol. 3 is ... - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProText Layouts Vol. 3 is a set ... Pro X . With ProText Layouts, video editors can create an lively typography video ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Connecticut (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... Lyme and tick-borne disease research and education, today announced that it has named ... CEO of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) in San Francisco, ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Researchers from Catholic ... designed to reduce bleeding complications from percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The data, presented ... in Orlando, FL, document a 40% reduction in risk-adjusted bleeding event rates over ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... the grand opening of ‘El Centro del Quinto Sol Wheel Park’ in Pueblo, ... ‘east side’ community to offer something special for this often overlooked neighborhood. Located ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Celebration is in ... kicked off its 5th Annual Photo Contest. The label contest is underway, and ... year's prizes include a GoPro Hero4, a 40-inch high-definition flat-screen television, an Apple ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... LONDON , May 23, 2016 ... Surgical Devices, Diagnostics and Monitoring, and Vision Care ... Market? Which areas are going to grow at the ... potential revenues to 2026, assessing data, trends, opportunities and ... tables, charts, and graphs. Discover the most lucrative areas ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... 2016 The global  reprocessed medical ... by 2022, according to a new study by Grand ... coupled with the lack of centralized support for waste ... the demand for reprocessed medical devices market. Additionally, the ... that of the original device is the high impact ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... , May 20, 2016 ... Antibody Technologies, Insulins, Growth Hormones, Recombinant Coagulation Factors ... Drugs - This New Study Reveals Selling Opportunities ... ,What is the future of ... latest technological and commercial analysis. Staying ahead in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: