It is now fairly well established that cancer survivors experience an increased risk of a number of somatic disorders such as cardiovascular disorders and subsequent second cancers.
Cognitive Outcomes in Older Adult Cancer Patients
We gathered information from case records for approximately 550 patients who received a diagnosis of cancer. All these cancer patients were twins and all twin pairs did a cognitive test. This was done as part of a large twin study on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Cognitive function was compared between cancer patients and their co-twin and related to therapy for cancer.
Project leader for the Swedish part
Project period: 2004-2011
Main financing: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Margaret Gatz, Dept. of Psychology, University of Southern California, USA
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