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Cognitive Dysfunction

Chemotherapy and Cognitive Function: Maybe It is All in Their Heads? (Medscape)
Discusses 2 studies presented at the 37th Annual ASCO meeting that examined the effect of chemotherapy and hormonal therapy on brain function. Although research in this area is in its infancy, preliminary results suggest that the cognitive effects are real. Studies are ongoing.[5/01]

Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation in Small-Cell Lung Cancer (The Oncologist)
5, no.4 The Oncologist (August 2000): 293-298
Excellent comprehensive review of the literature on prophylactic cranial irradiation in SCLC patients. See also the commentary by Andrew T. Turrisi: "PCI in SCLC: Is It Still Controversial or Is It a No-Brainer?" in the same issue of The Oncologist. Includes an extended discussion of the potential, nature and likelihood of cognitive side effects from PCI. [8/00]

Peripheral Neuropathy

Managing Symptoms: Peripheral Neuropathy (Nerve Damage) (OncoLink)
Addresses the following questions: what is peripheral neuropathy? what causes peripheral neuropathy and how long will it last? what are the common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy? Offers advice on things you can do to manage peripheral neuropathy. Aimed at patients. [2/02]

CANCER-NEUROPATHY (Association of Cancer Online Resources)
Online discussion group for cancer patients dealing with neuropathy induced by cancer and its treatments.

Tips for Dealing with Neuropathy (Conversations: The International Newsletter for Those Fighting Ovarian Cancer)
Patient-created guide to dealing with peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy. Provides information on locating specialists who treat neuropathy, discusses the use of Amifostine (Ethyol) to prevent neuropathy, and offers information on treatments and coping strategies. Suggests additional resources for patients with peripheral neuropathy. [3/04]

Neuroprotective Effect of Vitamin E Supplementation in Patients Treated with Cisplatin Chemotherapy (Journal of Clinical Oncology)
Abstract of a study published in the March 1, 2003 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology to evaluate the neuroprotective effect of antioxidant supplementation with Vitamin E in patients treated with cisplatin chemotherapy. Concludes that Vitamin E supplementation of patients receiving cisplatin chemotherapy decreases the incidence and severity of peripheral neurotoxicity. [3/03]


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