Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment Affects Survivors' Daily Living

Cancer-related cognitive impairments affect many survivors of the disease, and can have major impacts on their daily living.

Cancer-related cognitive impairment can have a major impact on survivors' daily lives, and it is estimated that this malady impacts 30% to 70% of patients during or after cancer, explained AnnaLynn Williams, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Cancer-related cognitive impairment is a really significant issue for our cancer patients. We estimate that it affects anywhere from 30 to 70% of patients, both during and after treatment. Patients often experience problem with memory or paying attention, being able to focus, and really completing daily tasks. We know that if they have issues with cognitive impairment, it affects their quality of life, it might affect their ability to read or drive, their ability to connect socially, and most importantly their ability to return to work or school if they are younger patients.