It has previously been believed that the problems with memory and other brain functions that some breast cancer patients experience was due to their chemotherapy treatments. However, a new study conducted by researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center found that chemo may not be the cause, according to Fox News
The researchers studied groups of women who survived breast cancer and discovered that they experienced the same cognitive problems regardless if they had chemo or not. However, the researchers are still not sure what the cause of this is, according to the media outlet.
"We provided the most definitive evidence to date to suspect it's not just chemotherapy that is contributing to cognitive problems after breast cancer," Paul Jacobsen, coauthor of the study, told the news source.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.