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What a Sea Snail Can Teach Us About the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy are familiar with potential side effects, including what’s commonly known as “chemo brain” – some struggle to concentrate, or have memory problems during a course of chemotherapy. There are treatments to mitigate such effects, but mostly, patients just have to live with it until their treatment is over. A new […]

Cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy are familiar with potential side effects, including what’s commonly known as “chemo brain” – some struggle to concentrate, or have memory problems during a course of chemotherapy. There are treatments to mitigate such effects, but mostly, patients just have to live with it until their treatment is over.

new study here in Houston is looking into just how these drugs change cognitive functions in the brain. We learn more from Dr. Jack Byrne, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the UTHealth Medical School, and Dr. Sigmund Hsu, a cancer neurologist at UTHealth Medical School and the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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