Doctors studying 'chemo brain' at UK conference

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Doctors and researchers are gathering in Lexington this week for an international symposium on a phenomenon known as "chemo brain," a side effect of cancer treatment that causes lapses in memory and other cognitive problems.

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center says patients, caregivers and other health care providers have reported the problems for years, while scientists are catching up and now validate the side effect's existence and are looking for ways to treat or avoid it.

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Director Linda Van Eldik told the Lexington Herald-Leader that some aspects of chemo brain are similar to what is seen in Alzheimer's disease ( ).

The conference continues through Friday.

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