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Neuropsychological functioning following systemic treatment in women treated for breast cancer: A review

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rachel Morse, Professor Jacqueline Rodgers, Dr Mark Verrill, Katherine Kendell


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The aim of this review was to evaluate the effect of treatment and illness-related factors on neuropsychological functioning in women treated for breast cancer. Eight studies were identified examining neuropsychological test performance following systemic treatment. Six of the eight studies suggest that neuropsychological functioning may be impaired following treatment. However, there are a number of important methodological issues which limit interpretation of these results. Therefore, it is unclear whether neuropsychological outcome differs according to a range of treatment, biomedical and psychological factors. Larger samples with longitudinal follow-up are required in order to examine the treatment-related factors that best predict cognitive deficits. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Rodgers J; Verrill M; Kendell K; Morse R

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Cancer

Year: 2003

Volume: 39

Issue: 16

Pages: 2288-2297

ISSN (print): 0959-8049

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0852


DOI: 10.1016/S0959-8049(03)00600-2

PubMed id: 14556919