We frequently hear about the side effects of cancer treatment, like nausea and hair loss, but rarely do we hear about how these treatments, specifically hormone therapy, can affect your memory and cognitive thinking abilities. On this episode of Patient Power, sponsored by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), you’ll hear from Dr. Monique Cherrier and Dr. Celestia (Tia) S. Higano, two leading experts in the field. Dr. Cherrier is professor of medicine and a medical oncologist at the University of Washington, the SCCA and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Higano is a neuropsychologist and director of the University of Washington Memory Health Research Program. Both experts share what they are learning about hormone therapy, and it’s lasting side effects.
Dr. Higano speaks about the history of hormone therapy, the role of PSA tests and how questions and complaints over the years from spouses have pushed researchers to investigate the causes of cognitive breakdowns among various patients. Does the patient have a high-stress job? Was this a pre-existing condition? Dr. Cherrier talks about experimental measures and clinical measures assisting them in researching the causes of cognitive disruption. Both experts discuss androgen deprivation therapy, the impact of testosterone in hormonal studies and the variances of cognitive issues being examined.
Dr. Higano and Dr. Cherrier both emphasize the importance of being proactive to prevent negative side effects and how research has brought great progress in this area. If you or someone you know has undergone treatment for prostate cancer, learn how cognitive functions can be affected and how talking to your doctor about proactive steps, can make a difference. Find out more about the motivation behind current studies and clinical trials and how these two experts, along with top experts around the country, are helping to make cancer and cancer treatment more tolerable.
Monique Cherrier Ph.D.,
Research Associate Professor, Director, UW Memory Health Research Program, Seattle Cancer Care AllianceDr. Cherrier is Director of the UW Memory Health Research program and a research associate professor at UW Medicine. She is also a clinical psychologist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Seattle to examine how hormone therapy for prostate cancer affects brain function. more >
Celestia (Tia) S. Higano, M.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of MedicineDr. Tia Higano is a prostate cancer specialist and professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also director of the Genitourinary Oncology Clinical Research Group at the University of Washington and a member of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Higano received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and went on to... more >