Brainjogging may provide relief to those with a history of cancer

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UM) recently found that people with a history of cancer “have a 40 percent greater likelihood of experiencing memory problems that interfere with daily functioning, compared with those who have not had cancer” (Science Daily).

Pascal Jean-Pierre, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor at UM, and other researchers conducted a study of 9,819 people, 40 years and older, from various educational and racial-ethnic backgrounds.  Their findings revealed that 1,305 of these participants had a history of cancer, and that fourteen percent of participants with a history of cancer reported memory impairments.  Jean-Pierre refers to these memory impairments as “cancer related cognitive dysfunction.”  Only eight percent of participants who did not have a history of cancer reported similar memory impairment.  Jean-Pierre went so far as to say, “Cancer is, therefore, a key independent predictor of memory problems in the sample studied.”

The precise matter of why cancer seems to lead to cognitive dysfunction is uncertain. Jean-Pierre stated, “These memory issues can be related to treatment, such as chemotherpy, radiation and hormone therapies, or to the tumor biology itself, which could change brain chemistry and neurobehavioral function.”  Brainjogging might be a highly effective component in treating cognitive dysfunction in those with a history of cancer, and thus in treating cancer’s lasting cognitive effects.Jean-Pierre stated, “One of the most important parts of cancer treatment is management of symptoms, such as impairments in attention, memory and fatigue, in order to improve a patient’s quality of life.”

Quality of life, particularly when one is undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and/or hormone therapies, is extremely important.  Brainjogging aids significantly in cognitive processing speeds and retention.  Brainjogging has enabled individuals with Alzheimer’s to increase their retention; it follows that people with a history of cancer and cancer related cognitive dysfunction might increase their level of daily functioning by utilizing Brainjogging to strengthen their memories.

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