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How chemotherapy damages the central nervous system

Christina A Meyers

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Department of Neuro-Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 431, Houston, TX 77030, USA

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Journal of Biology 2008, 7:11  doi:10.1186/jbiol73

Published: 22 April 2008


Chemotherapy adversely affects cognitive function both acutely and chronically, but little is known about the underlying mechanisms. A new study shows that short-term chemotherapy causes not only acute injury to progenitor cells, but also delayed damage to myelin.