Chemo brain --is cancer survivorship related to later-life cognition? Findings from the health and retirement study

TitleChemo brain --is cancer survivorship related to later-life cognition? Findings from the health and retirement study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsPorter, KE
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume25
Issue6
Pagination960-81
KeywordsHealth Conditions and Status, Healthcare
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Studies have shown a correlation between cancer and cognition referred to as chemo brain. This study investigated the relationship between cancer and later-life cognition using nationally representative data. METHOD: Analysis of the 2006 Health and Retirement Study investigated the (a) effects of cancer survivorship on the total cognition score using linear regression in adults age 65 (n = 9,814) and (b) the effects of cancer treatment on the total recall index using linear regression in adults age 50 (n = 657). RESULTS: Total cognition score is not associated with cancer survivorship. The association between long-term cancer survivorship and cognition score was significant (p .05; b = .276). Total recall index is not associated with chemotherapy. DISCUSSION: These results support other research suggesting that chemo brain may be biased by expectation as well as favored by research that relies upon self-reported cognitive measures versus cognitive testing. The study was limited by the cross-sectional design.

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DOI10.1177/0898264313498417
Endnote Keywords

Cancer/Cognitive function/Cognitive status/Geriatrics/Chemotherapy

Endnote ID

69184

Citation Key7873