Here's a quixotic twist: It appears that battling certain types cancer may lower the risk for...


Here's a quixotic twist: It appears that battling certain types cancer may lower the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. After pouring over data, investigators have concluded that most kinds of cancer - with the exception of prostate cancer - seem to confer some degree of protection against Alzheimer's, reducing risk of the age-related brain disorder by anywhere from 9% to 51%. They've also linked a common form of cancer treatment, chemotherapy, to a lower risk for developing Alzheimer's-related dementia.

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  • TMKrause
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    Great! Isn't this opposite of having your cake and eating it too?

     

    I have no idea what this means for my investment strategy. Maybe I need chemo?

     

    OK. Not funny.
    15 Jul 2013, 12:47 PM Reply Like
  • youngman442002
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    all the chemicals must clean out your plumbing...???
    15 Jul 2013, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • Alvin5007
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    This seems strange as most chemotherapy drugs do not enter the brain in significant amounts. But maybe miniscule levels are all that is needed. Will be interesting to see if this holds up after more study.
    15 Jul 2013, 01:11 PM Reply Like
  • pjsburk
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    I read the study. It does not cover what foods/drinks the patients STOP eating once they are diagnosed/treated for cancer. Additionally, the cancers that were in the study, e.g., pancreatic, have very low survival rates. So even though patients were followed for "six years," & patients were 65 years when study began, further studies should include following patients for at least 20 years & see how many of them are still alive to even be diagnosed with Alzheimers, or any other disease. Chemo drugs are poison, plain & simple, that's why they destroy the cancer, at least temporarily.
    15 Jul 2013, 01:33 PM Reply Like
  • HARRIETHARVEY
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    I had lymphoma in 1889-90 , took a full series of chemo , after
    I they removed my spleen, and am thankful to say, that I am 85
    years old now, and as of today show no signs of dementia. I
    hope to stay healthy and my mind stays strong and clear.
    15 Jul 2013, 02:10 PM Reply Like
  • Droleht
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    Except that you had Chemo in 1889-90. I enjoyed the chuckle.
    15 Jul 2013, 04:25 PM Reply Like
  • rasanders22
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    Sorry Harrie, I couldn't resist. The dementia has already started.
    15 Jul 2013, 05:56 PM Reply Like
  • canewkirk
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    Most cancer patients do not live long enough to get dementia/Alzheimer's. I'm glad Harrietharvey's experience was far more successful than the members of my family.
    15 Jul 2013, 10:41 PM Reply Like
  • Fred Beyers
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    "...After pouring over data, investigators have concluded that most kinds of cancer - with the exception of prostate cancer - seem to confer some degree of protection against Alzheimer's,..."

     

    A typo?-- perhaps it is supposed to read "...have concluded that TREATMENT FOR most kinds of cancer...seem to confer some degree of protection..."??
    16 Jul 2013, 07:16 AM Reply Like
  • findingZzero
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    A cancer diagnosis concentrates the mind........
    16 Jul 2013, 11:25 AM Reply Like
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