Chemobrain is a term used to describe the brain fog many patients experience while undergoing chemotherapy. For some patients, the effects can continue for many years after the treatment has been completed. The Survirorship Research Group at the University of Sydney, Australia has just completed a study using game-based brain training software to help improve cognitive impairments after chemotherapy. The software, known as BrainHQ was developed by Posit Science and involves tracking objects on a screen and performing a variety of recall exercises that require a good deal of focus and concentration. In a randomized trial with 242 patients, half of the patients received traditional therapy alone while the other half did the exercises in BrainHQ in addition to their traditional therapy. At the end of the study, patients who did both forms of therapy had improved cognitive function and lower incidences of stress, anxiety, fatigue, and depression.
To see a sample of the BrainHQ software, watch the video above.