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Abstract

Advances in breast cancer treatment have resulted in improved survival rates and concomitant reports of chemotherapy-related cognitive dysfunction. Music cognition, a form of general cognition, also may be negatively affected by chemotherapy. Moreover, chemotherapy may have general ototoxic effects. The goal of this study was to explore whether breast cancer survivors (BCS) had similar hearing thresholds and music cognition abilities compared with age-matched healthy controls (HC). A total of 56 women (28 BCS and 28 HC) completed the audiometric tests and the Montreal Battery Evaluation of Amusia (MBEA). Results indicate the 2 groups have similar hearing thresholds. A comparison of music cognition variables suggests possible differences in some music cognition tasks, with HC scoring slightly, but not significantly, better in melodic perception. The BCS scored slightly better, though not significantly, on melodic memory. An adequately powered study including cognitive variables is needed for verification of findings and to establish clinical meaningfulness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-263
Number of pages6
JournalMusic & Medicine
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

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Music
Cognition
Survivors
Breast Neoplasms
Drug Therapy
Hearing
Aptitude
Survival Rate
Breast Cancer
Music Cognition
Chemotherapy
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • breast cancer survivors
  • chemotherapy
  • cognitive dysfunction
  • hearing loss
  • music perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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