Local 12: Music creation's impact on the brain after cancer

UC-designed app looks at impact of music creation on 'chemobrain' in breast cancer patients

University of Cincinnati researchers have launched a new pilot study looking at the brain fog people often experience after cancer treatment. 

This trial will examine whether or not music can reduce those effects, often called "chemobrain." The music is part of an app that you load on an iPad. It was created by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at UC.

As part of the study, participants create their own music track to help the brain when it can’t remember things.

“For example, [patients] will say I don’t know where I put my keys,” said Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology at UC, UC Health neuro-oncologist and co-director of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute’s Brain Tumor Center. “I don’t know if I left the stove on. I don’t remember the information that I once did — so those are the issues that patients can experience.”

Watch the full Local 12 report. 

Read more about the study.

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