Chemo’s effects on the brain

11Feb10

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The use of drugs to treat cancer brings with it possible risks to the brain’s ability to think, reason and remember. The drug might enter the brain and kill cells, cause damage to and repair of DNA, restrain the ability to secrete virus-fighting proteins, and lower hormone levels of patients.

The drug could breach the blood-brain barrier, important proteins could malfunction and cause neural disorders, chromosome integrity and stability could be undermined and lowered hormone levels could restrict the cognitive functions of the brain.

Graphic by Alfred Elicierto, published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on September 2, 2007.

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