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Chemo Brain' : research findings indicate the need for caution

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Pamela McgrathPamela Mcgrath, B Hartigan, Hamish HolewaHamish Holewa, M Skarparis
The article sets insights provided by haematology patients who have been through chemotherapy treatments on their attitudes, beliefs and experiences with regards to the notion of ‘chemo brain’ within the context of the available research literature on the topic. The qualitative methodology for the study involved open-ended exploration through in-depth interviews and a focus group. The data was audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, coded and thematically analysed. The findings highlight the need for caution with regards to asserting the conclusiveness of the notion of ‘chemo brain’ to haematology patients. This conclusion is reinforced by the evidence of confusion, inconclusiveness and lack of understanding of both the concept and causation presently noted in the literature. Honesty in information giving about the present doubts and inconsistencies with regards the notion of ‘chemo brain’ that are recognised in the literature can ensure that the term does not unnecessarily increase the anxieties of patients. Such informed discussion can be accompanied by a compassionate response to those experiencing cognitive difficulties that affirms, normalises and provides referrals to expert psychological assistance.

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Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

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Volume

10

Issue

3

Start Page

35

End Page

43

Number of Pages

9

ISSN

0972-2556

Location

Bangalore, India

Publisher

Researchman Publishers

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Austral-Asian journal of cancer.

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