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Breast Cancer Cognitive Dysfunction
Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD
These problems are often reported both after diagnosis and treatment, especially adjuvant treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The problem of chemo brain or Tamoxifen brain is well known. Fortunately, most patients have a transient decline in cognitive function, which normalizes after completion of chemotherapy. In addition, the SSRIs, SSNRIs and gabapentin can also cause cognitive difficulties. There are other causes of cognitive impairment, including dementia and Alzheimer's disease, which can be seen in older women. These problems are usually progressive.
No therapy for cognitive dysfunction has proven effective.
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