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What a Sea Snail Can Teach Us About the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

HOUSTON, TX (October29, 2014)

Cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy are familiar with potential side effects, including what’s commonly known as chemo brain – some struggle to concentrate, or have memory problems during a course of chemotherapy. There are treatments to mitigate such effects, but mostly, patients just have to live with it until their treatment is over.

A new study here in Houston is looking into just how these drugs change cognitive functions in the brain. We learn more from Dr. Jack Byrne, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the UTHealth Medical School, and Dr. Sigmund Hsu, a cancer neurologist at UTHealth Medical School and the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann.

Listen to the radio interview online >>