Cancer May Reduce Risk of Alzheimers Disease
You have to look very hard to find anything positive about having cancer, and you have to look even harder to find something positive about having endured chemotherapy. This is one of those rare things, a possible reduced risk of Alzheimer's Disease for people who have survived cancer and especially for those who received chemotherapy.
In fairness (and backing off a bit from the glow of something positive), this study from the Boston VA System specifically reports that they did not include breast cancer survivors. People who seemed to have the most benefit were those who had liver cancer, followed by other difficult types like gastric and pancreatic. A really cynical view would be people who do well after one of those horrific diagnoses are really tough or lucky or blessed or something. The researchers did not include breast cancer because, in the VA system, there were not enough women to make a fair sample. Therefore, we don't know if breast cancer and breast cancer chemotherapy may give us the same benefit. I choose to believe that they might.
Here is the beginning of the article from today's Globe and a link to read more: