Christina A. Meyers

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BACKGROUND It is unclear whether the benefit of adding whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) to stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for the control of brain-tumours outweighs the potential neurocognitive risks. We proposed that the learning and memory functions of patients who undergo SRS plus WBRT are worse than those of patients who undergo SRS alone. We did a(More)
BACKGROUND Retrospective trials have reported that chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction was experienced by a subset of patients with breast carcinoma. However, recent evidence indicated that a subset also exhibited impaired cognitive function at baseline, before the start of chemotherapy. A prospective, longitudinal trial that incorporates baseline(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of the current study was to assess the correlations between cognitive function, fatigue, quality of life, and circulating cytokine levels in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). METHODS Fifty-four patients with AML/MDS were seen for pretreatment evaluation of their cognitive function(More)
BACKGROUND This report describes the development and validation of a brain subscale for the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT) scale, and the revalidation of the subscales of the general version (FACT-G), which measure physical, social, family, emotional, and functional well-being and the quality of the relationship with the physician. METHODS(More)
PURPOSE To report the neurocognitive findings in a phase III randomized trial evaluating survival and neurologic and neurocognitive function in patients with brain metastases from solid tumors receiving whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) with or without motexafin gadolinium (MGd). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients were randomly assigned to receive WBRT 30(More)
PURPOSE To determine the contribution of cognitive function in predicting the survival of patients with recurrent malignant brain tumors. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 80 patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme or anaplastic astrocytoma were seen for baseline evaluations before beginning a phase I or phase II clinical trial. Each patient(More)
The inclusion of neurocognitive end points in clinical trials of patients with CNS tumors is increasing. Neurocognitive end points are used to understand what cognitive problems exist before treatment to establish a baseline by which the effect of treatment is judged, and to determine whether different treatment regimens improve neurocognitive function due(More)
BACKGROUND Chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction in patients with breast carcinoma has been described previously. However, those studies only assessed patients' postchemotherapy cognitive functioning and were not able to determine the relation between cognitive function and other treatments, such as surgery and radiotherapy, that often precede systemic(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with primary malignant brain tumors (PMBT) often have neurobehavioral deficits due to the tumor, subsequent surgery, and therapies that interfere with their ability to live independently or work. Previous studies have shown that such patients generally have a progressive decline in functioning from diagnosis to death. Consequently, PMBT(More)
The central nervous system side effects associated with interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) therapy, including depression and cognitive changes, can compromise otherwise effective immunotherapy. The term "depression" has multiple meanings ranging from a feeling of sadness to a neuropsychiatric disorder with defined diagnostic criteria. A syndrome of mood(More)