Elucidating pretreatment cognitive impairment in breast cancer patients: the impact of cancer-related post-traumatic stress.

@article{Hermelink2015ElucidatingPC,
  title={Elucidating pretreatment cognitive impairment in breast cancer patients: the impact of cancer-related post-traumatic stress.},
  author={Kerstin Hermelink and Varinka Voigt and Judith Kaste and Franziska Neufeld and Rachel Wuerstlein and Markus B{\"u}hner and Karin M{\"u}nzel and Dorothea Rjosk-Dendorfer and Susanne Grandl and Michael C Braun and Franz Edler von Koch and Kristin Haertl and Stephan Hasm{\"u}ller and Ingo Bauerfeind and Gerlinde Debus and Peter Herschbach and Nadia Harbeck},
  journal={Journal of the National Cancer Institute},
  year={2015},
  volume={107 7}
}
BACKGROUND Pretreatment cognitive impairment in cancer patients is well established but unexplained. Similar cognitive compromise has been observed in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients, and PTSD symptoms are a frequent concomitant of cancer diagnosis. We tested the hypothesis that pretreatment cognitive impairment is attributable to cancer-related post-traumatic stress. METHODS Women aged 65 years or younger who were diagnosed with breast cancer (case patients) or had undergone… CONTINUE READING
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