The various SeniorWISE®research projects have been funded from different sources including the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, and National Institute of Nursing Research and the St. David's Foundation in Austin, Texas.
Cancer and memory issues* - topical publications and presentations
McDougall, G. J. Jr. (2016, January). What Is Chemo Brain? Scientific American Mind: Ask the Brains, Neuroscience. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-chemo-brain/
McDougall, G. J., Oliver, J. & Scogin, F. (2014). Memory and cancer: A review of the literature. Archives Psychiatric Nursing, 28(3), 180-186. PMID:24856270
McDougall, G. G., & Becker, H., Vaughan, P., Acee, T., & Delville, C. (2011). Symptom management of affective and cognitive disturbance with a group of cancer survivors. Archives Psychiatric Nursing, 25(1), 24-35. PMID:21251599
McDougall, G. J., Becker, H., Vaughan, P., & Acee, T. (2011, May). Memory training for cognitive symptom management in cancer survivors. Poster presented at the Symptom Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management, NINR-NIH Clinical Center Joint Conference, Bethesda, MD.
McDougall, G. J., Becker, H., Vaughan, P., & Acee, T. (2007, November). Benefits of memory
training for cancer survivors. Research poster presented at the at the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative. Future of the Human Health span: Demography, Evolution, Medicine, & Bioengineering, Irvine, CA.
McDougall, G. J., Becker, H., Vaughan, P., & Acee, T. (2007, March). Memory Training for
Cancer Survivors. Research poster presented at the 4th Annual Conference of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Austin, TX.
McDougall, G. J., Becker, H., Vaughan, P., & Acee, T. (2007, February). Memory Training for Cancer Survivors. Research poster presented at the 9th National Conference on Cancer Nursing Research, Hollywood, CA.
Rew, L., McDougall G., Riesch, L., & Parker, C. (2005). Development of the self-efficacy for
testicular self-examination scale. Journal Men's Health and Gender, 2(1), 59-63.
McDougall, G. J., Adams, M. L., & Voelmeck, W. F. (2004). Barriers to planning and conducting a screening: Prostate cancer. Geriatric Nursing, 25(6), 336-340. PMID:15592249
McDougall, G. J., & Voelmeck, W. F. (2002, November). Barriers identified by African-American
men who seek screening for prostate cancer. B. Weber (Chair), Health and Older Men.
Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.
McDougall, G. J. (2001). Memory improvement program for elderly cancer survivors. Geriatric Nursing, 22(4), 185-190. PMID:11505244
Weber, B., Roberts, B. L., & McDougall, G. J. (2000). Exploring the efficacy of support groups for men with prostate cancer. Geriatric Nursing, 21(5), 251-253. PMID:11035307
McDougall, G. J. (1999). Memory improvement in elders with cancer vs. other chronic illness. Poster session at Pan American Congress of Psychosocial & Behavioral Oncology, New York, NY.
McDougall, G. J. (2000). Cancer care and geriatric nursing. Nurse Oncology Education
Program: Informer, 7(1), 1, 9.
* The single greatest risk factor for developing cancer is aging. In fact, more than 60% of cancers in the United States occur in people age 65 and older. Since 49% of the 10 million cancer survivors are older than 65, a clearer understanding of chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment is necessary to promote successful independent living.
More than 6 million people are at risk for memory impairments and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) because they are cancer survivors and/or because they are adults over 40 years of age. Moreover, distress about failing cognitive abilities may lead to depression, and premature termination of efforts to remember. The study of these cognitive effects has not been pursued with the same intensity and vigor as the physical side effects, such as fatigue.
"Of the more than 230,000 women diagnosed with cancer every year, 66% are over age 55. Since the late 1990's, women receiving cancer treatment have reported “woolly-headedness,” and that their "mind did not work as quickly.”
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