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Radiation and its Effects on Memory
A comprehensive account on radiation as a form of treatment for small cell lung cancer and its effect on memory.
# 106521 | 10,203 words | 35 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Aug 07, 2008 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies)

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The paper deals with small cell lung cancer and the problem with regard to radiation and memory loss. The paper states that this form of cancer is prone to brain metastases. The paper confirms that prophylactic cranial irradiation is a controversial method of radiation that has shown to have positive outcomes in small cell lung cancer patients. However, little is known about the effects of radiation on the brain and especially on long-term cognitive and memory loss. The paper, in referring to various studies, concludes that the research is compounded by the large number of variables that need to be taken into account in ascertaining the effects of the process of radiation.

Prolegomena: Overview and Background
The Brain, Memory and Radiation Treatment
Summation and Conclusion

From the Paper:

" Lung cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer that affects both men and women in the United States and the world. As figure 1 above illustrates, the number of deaths from lung cancer in the United States far exceeds other common forms of cancer. There are numerous statistics that indicate the increased risks of lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Figure 2 below illustrates a projection of morality rates in various countries over a ten your period of time. This again clearly indicates the importance of research into lung cancer and particularly the more severe form of small cell lung cancer."

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