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Can chemo therapy cause mental illness or brain damage ?

Mrs Donna Faulkner can chemo therapy cause mental illness or brain damage patient being taken to court by daughter cancer survivor 3x heart patient epilepsy PAD breathing/lung problems one kidney 63 years old divorced due to daughter break breakup (35 yrs married)
Asked On : Mon, 28 Mar 2011
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can chemo therapy cause mental illness or brain damage
Answered: Mon, 28 Mar 2011
Psychiatrist Dr. AGRAWAL Ravindra's  Response
Chemotherapy can cause depression, headaches, difficulty in concentration & memory.
Plus it is very likely to have psychological effects due to loss of hair, loss of appetite, anorexia, oral sores and generalised weakness.
Again cancers themselves (for which chemo is being given) are known to cause depression.

Dr Ravindra Agrawal
Answered: Fri, 19 Aug 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. Jitender Chauhan's  Response
Hello, welcome to HCM. Depending on the chemotherapeutic agent used there are definitive side effects on brain. It's already known that chemotherapy can be associated with some cognitive side effects in humans, including memory loss and poor concentration. Apart from it the other side effects on body also have a psychological side effect on patient.
Answered: Wed, 31 Aug 2011
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