Regular readers know that I’m being treated at Moffitt Cancer Center–on the campus of the University of South Florida–ever since I relocated to Florida just over four years ago. I’m proud to share the news that Moffitt researchers are exploring ways to improve the cognitive impairment that often develops in patients undergoing long term chemotherapy, known as chemo brain.
Here’s the link to video about their work that recently ran on ABC Action News:
At the end there’s a contact number for patients that might be interested in volunteering to participate in the study:
Nagi Kumar is The Director of Cancer Chemo Prevention at the Moffitt Cancer Center. “There is a loss of memory. There is a loss of speed of functioning, speed of response.”
And their research showed these symptoms can last more than ten years. Now Nagi Kumar is opening anew study to see if an extract from blueberries can help repair the damage done by “chemo brain”.
Participants would have an MRI of the brain taken in the beginning and take a series of tests on cognitive ability. Then they’d take two of these capsules in the morning and two at night. It’s a natural concoction that Moffitt researchers came up with themselves.
“We thought of hitting it with the combination of a plant based antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory which is the blueberries and the anti-inflammatory in the fish oils. In combination we termed it Cognutrin. If we introduce this agent right after chemotherapy we might reverse the damage that has occurred,” Kumar said.
Three months later, participants will take the series of tests again. “This has never been done in the world. We are the first group doing this,” Kumar said.
Would Vicki enroll after finishing her chemotherapy? “I think I would. Anything to help my memory,” she said.
They are starting to enroll participants November 1. If you’d like info on the trial, call (813) 745-6885.
The trial results should be available in about a year.