this medical video focuses on how to stop the cognitive dysfunction caused by chemotherapy.
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Jennifer Matthews: Melissa Norber's boys love to skateboard, but watching them do it, while studying, is something she couldn't have done a year ago. Melissa Norber: It was hard on my children, it was hard on my husband because I couldn't function, and I couldn't do the things that I wanted to do, and I wasn't happy because of that. Jennifer Matthews: After undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, Melissa was left with chemobrain, a condition that made fatigue and memory loss part of everyday life. Melissa took part in a study led by Dr. Elyse Lower at the University of Cincinnati. It's the first trial to test a drug's effect on chemobrain symptoms. The drug under study is dexmethylphenidate and is in the Ritalin family. Elyse Lower: At the conclusion of the study, we found that there was a 33% improvement in fatigue for those patients who received dexmethylphenidate compared to those patients who received placebo. Jennifer Matthews: It also improved memory. It works, but Dr. Lower isn't exactly sure how. For patients like Melissa, how it works is not as important as that it works. Melissa Norber: I rewired the lamppost outside, the fireplace fan and the garage's door. I fixed it all, in one day. Jennifer Matthews: She's not the only one who's noticed the change. Ryan Norber: It makes me happier now that she's fine. Jennifer Matthews: Melissa is now an Honors student and taking life one day at a time. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.