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Title: The influence of adjuvant chemotherapy on cognitive ability and work status: a longitudinal study
Authors: Kalawsky, Katryna
Keywords: Cognitive function
Adjuvant chemotherapy
Breast cancer
Work status
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Katryna Kalawsky
Abstract: As successes in oncology continue to increase, particularly with regard to improvements in detection and treatment, the number of women who have survived breast cancer has increased dramatically in the United Kingdom. Consequently, a sizeable proportion of breast cancer patients want to return to as ‘normal’ a life as possible during and following treatment. For most women the ability to return to and/or maintain their previous occupational pursuits is vital. Several factors associated with the disease (and its treatment), employment, and the person have been found to influence vocational functioning in breast cancer patients. Despite the growing amount of evidence to suggest that adjuvant chemotherapy can have a detrimental effect on objective cognitive function during and following treatment, the relationship between chemotherapy-related cognitive functioning and work status has been seldom studied. For that reason the purpose of the research reported in this thesis was twofold; first to enhance existing knowledge of chemotherapy-related cognitive changes, and second to provide an innovative insight into the cognitive differences between those working and those not working following exposure to adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. (Continues...).
Description: This thesis is confidential. A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.
Version: Closed Access
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8527
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