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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 215-226

Review complementary and integrative interventions for cancer-related cognitive changes

School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; School of Nursing, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS, USA

Correspondence Address:
Jamie S Myers
School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; School of Nursing, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-5625.162825

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Cognitive sequelae from a diagnosis of cancer and the subsequent treatment impact survivors' quality of life and can interfere with both social relationships and employment. The search for evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies continues for both central nervous system (CNS) and non-CNS cancer-related cognitive changes. Complementary therapies in conjunction with conventional medicine are being included in integrative programs designed to maximize symptom management in cancer treatment centers providing survivorship care. The purpose of this article is to review the existing evidence for the use of complementary and integrative interventions to prevent or treat cancer-related cognitive changes and to discuss the rationale for current and future research. Search terminology included: Complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine, cognition, cognitive function, and cancer, and yielded 20 studies that met criteria for inclusion. Preliminary results published to date indicate that some complementary therapies may be beneficial to cancer survivors experiencing cognitive concerns. A number of gaps in the literature remain primarily due to preliminary study designs, small sample sizes, lack of objective cognitive testing, and cognitive function not being a primary endpoint for much of the published work.

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