Chemo Brain: The foggy side effects of treatment

Woman who has undergone chemotherapy standing at window

A growing topic amongst oncologists and cancer survivors revolves around one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy, more commonly known as “chemo brain”. Chemo Brain has been known to greatly affect some cancer survivors quality of life; even several years after kicking the disease to the curb.

According to the World Health Organisation, statistics indicate that number of new cancer cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades. This could account for an estimated 23.6 million new cases of cancer as soon as 2030[1]. Almost absolutely every cancer patient undergoes one or more of the following treatments: surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. The aggressiveness of many patients’ oncology treatments requires a huge amount of mental and physical strength, family support, and a positive and hopeful approach to the day-to-day.  However, even after beating cancer, patients who have undergone chemotherapy can experience “Chemo Brain”. During chemotherapy Read more

Can cancer be caused by bad luck?

A recent study claims that “bad luck” may be responsible for two thirds of the total risk of cancer. Renowned oncologist Professor Luis Costa takes a closer look.

A research analysis by Professor Luís Costa We have all heard of these cases. The non-smoker who develops lung cancer. The daily hat and sunscreen wearer who gets skin cancer. We have also heard about people who unexpectedly find themselves facing a more uncommon cancer diagnosis, without any possible explanation based on family history or exposition to carcinogens. When speaking of these cases, we often say that such a person has “good” or “bad” genes. Yet a recent study from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in the United States, now claims that what we have attributed to genes might actually be a Read more

Interview with Professor Marc Wijnen

The month of February marks two very special days on calendars throughout the world: February 4th, World Cancer Day, and February 15th, the International Day of Childhood Cancer, when organisations, institutions, doctors and families around the world come together to raise awareness on behalf of those who are fighting this disease every single day.

In honour of these very important occasions, Best Doctors is pleased to feature an exclusive interview with Professor Marc Wijnen, Director of Surgery at the recently inaugurated Prinses Máxima Centre for Paediatric Oncology in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

As the leader of the surgical team for this new centre of excellence, Dr Wijnen comes to Princes Máxima with extensive experience in general and paediatric surgery. He himself specialises in the surgical treatment of solid tumours of the abdomen and chest.

In what ways is cancer in children different from adults? In general childhood cancers advance rapidly and are often treated with chemotherapy before operation. Chemotherapy is often very effective and local control after chemo is achieved by surgery, radiation, or both. If we divide cancer into those affecting bodily fluids (blood, bone marrow) and solid tumours, which are the types most commonly seen in children? Roughly 50% of all cases are so-called fluid type cancers such as leukaemia and lymphomas. About 20% are brain tumours and 30% are solid tumours (such as those originating in the kidney, liver, nerve tissue, soft tissues of Read more