The breast cancer drug tamoxifen — used for three decades to treat the disease — appears to affect cognitive abilities, including some types of memory, a new study has found.

“Our results are important for breast cancer patients because intact cognitive functioning is known to be an important precondition for well-being,” said study author Christien Schilder, a doctoral student at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam.

After a year of taking tamoxifen (Nolvadex), women in the study scored lower on tests of verbal memory functioning and other cognitive skills than did women taking another breast cancer drug, exemestane (Aromasin).

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