Exercise improves memory in breast cancer survivors
Exercise may alleviate stress and benefit breast cancer survivors psychologically, which in turn could improve their memory, a new study has found.
Researchers also found that memory problems appear to be related to the high stress load cancer survivors experience, and may not be specific to chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
“Our research suggests these self-reported memory problems may be emotionally related,” said Siobhan Phillips, assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the US.
“These women are frightened, stressed, fatigued, tapped out emotionally and have low self-confidence, which can be very mentally taxing and can lead to perceived memory problems,” said Phillips.