Prevalence, mechanisms, and management of cancer-related cognitive impairment Journal Article


Authors: Janelsins, M. C.; Kesler, S. R.; Ahles, T. A.; Morrow, G. R.
Article Title: Prevalence, mechanisms, and management of cancer-related cognitive impairment
Abstract: This review summarizes the current literature on cancer-related cognitive impairment (CRCI) with a focus on prevalence, mechanisms, and possible interventions for CRCI in those who receive adjuvant chemotherapy for non-central nervous system tumours and is primarily focused on breast cancer. CRCI is characterized as deficits in areas of cognition including memory, attention, concentration, and executive function. Development of CRCI can impair quality of life and impact treatment decisions. CRCI is highly prevalent; these problems can be detected in up to 30% of patients prior to chemotherapy, up to 75% of patients report some form of CRCI during treatment, and CRCI is still present in up to 35% of patients many years following completion of treatment. While the trajectory of CRCI is becoming better understood, the mechanisms underlying the development of CRCI are still obscure; however, host characteristics, immune dysfunction, neural toxicity, and genetics may play key roles in the development and trajectory of CRCI. Intervention research is limited, though strategies to maintain function are being studied with promising preliminary findings. This review highlights key research being conducted in these areas, both in patient populations and in animals, which will ultimately result in better understanding and effective treatments for CRCI. © 2014 Institute of Psychiatry.
Keywords: cancer adjuvant therapy; heredity; quality of life; breast cancer; prevalence; central nervous system tumor; clinical research; cognition; cognitive defect; memory; attention; executive function; human; priority journal; article; cancer related cognitive impairment
Journal Title: International Review of Psychiatry
Volume: 26
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0954-0261
Publisher: Informa Healthcare  
Date Published: 2014-02-01
Start Page: 102
End Page: 113
Language: English
DOI: 10.3109/09540261.2013.864260
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 24716504
PMCID: PMC4084673
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Notes: Export Date: 2 April 2014 -- CODEN: IRPSE -- Source: Scopus
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