Cognitive changes or changes in your ability to think may occur because of the cancer itself or cancer treatment. Chemotherapy, in particular, may cause cognitive problems because it travels through the bloodstream. In addition to killing cancer cells, chemotherapy also affects healthy cells throughout the body, including the brain.
Having cancer and undergoing chemotherapy can make you feel tired and cause physical discomfort. Some patients also experience emotional changes when faced with cancer and cancer treatments. These factors can also affect your thinking abilities. The problems can range from mild to severe. They may be temporary or persist over time, and might include:
- Learning and memory
- Managing daily activities and other cognitive functions
Treating Cancer and Preserving Quality of Life
In addition to treating your cancer, your overall quality of life is very important to us. The Breast Cancer Cognitive Evaluation Service is unique in the region and helps women face cognitive problems related to breast cancer or breast cancer treatment.
Before chemotherapy begins, the neuropsychologist conducts simple tests to obtain baseline information on your cognitive abilities. The evaluation takes about 60 to 90 minutes and is considered a standard part of treatment for all breast cancer patients who will receive chemotherapy.
To determine if cognitive changes occur during or after treatment, the neuropsychologist also conducts regular follow-up evaluations. If changes are noted, there are many therapies available to help improve your cognitive function and quality of life.
For more information on the Breast Cancer Cognitive Evaluation Service, please call 414-805-0505 or 866-680-0505.
Mammograms and the COVID-19 Vaccine – What You Should KnowSwelling of the lymph nodes is a known side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine. Although it is temporary and not harmful, these enlarged lymph nodes may be seen on your mammogram. Because swollen lymph nodes can indicate breast cancer, we may call you back for additional evaluation and possible follow-up imaging. To avoid this, please schedule your mammogram before your first COVID-19 vaccination or four weeks after your second-dose vaccination.
Virtual Visits Are Available
Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We’ll gather your medical records for you and get our experts’ input so we can offer treatment options without an in-person visit. To schedule a virtual visit, call 1-866-680-0505.
Cancer and the COVID-19 Vaccine
There is currently no data that suggests current or former cancer patients should avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Cancer can weaken your immune system, so we recommend that most patients get the vaccine as soon as possible.