Cognitive dysfunction, mood disorders, and fatigue

Elana Farace, Zarui Melikyan

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Changes in neurocognition, such as in memory, language, or speed of thinking, are among the most frequent complaints in cancer survivors. The degree of cognitive deficits may vary from very subtle changes in areas unimportant to the patient to very pronounced difficulties in several cognitive domains preventing the person from independent functioning or even requiring hospitalization. Neurocognitive deficits have a significant effect on patients' quality of life (QOL) with more severe impairment leading to lower QOL. Cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy have the potential to interact with neurocognition. Additionally, changes in mood and other psychiatric symptoms, and fatigue, can have significant impact on quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCancer Neurology In Clinical Practice
Subtitle of host publicationNeurologic Complications of Cancer and Its Treatment: Second Edition
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781588299833
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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