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New brain fitness programme helps breast cancer patients to handle mental effects of chemotherapy

Posit Science : 08 February, 2008  (New Product)
Data presented by researchers at the International Neuropsychological Society's annual meeting shows training on the Posit Science Brain Fitness Program improves mental function in cancer patients with ‘chemobrain’.
Nineteen breast cancer patients, all women, who underwent chemotherapy and reported having ‘chemobrain’ participated in the study. Each used the Posit Science Brain Fitness Program. The programme consists of a series of six specially designed exercises that have been shown in published studies to improve memory and speed of processing in mature adults.

Study results showed that participants had statistically significant improvements in cognitive function, stress levels and health-related quality of life, suggesting that the benefits generalised into every day life.

'When I began the training, I couldn't remember appointments, where I put things and I had trouble finding the right word,' said Sueann Mark, PhD, who participated in the study. Dr Mark says she started to notice changes after just a couple of weeks. 'My attention span was getting longer. I could read through entire articles that a couple of weeks ago I couldn't get through. Knowing that I was exercising my mind and reactivating it was really comforting to me.'

'While further studies are needed, the implications for improved brain health in cancer patients looks promising,' said lead researcher, Sarah Kim, MA. 'It is a practical approach to improving the quality of life in cancer patients because it is non-invasive and therefore, does not require additional medication and does not interfere with the cancer treatment.'
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