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If you’re having difficulty remembering dates, times, names, locations and even the words to finish your sentence, you aren’t alone. Many of us have this problem daily. If you are being treated for cancer or have recently finished treatment, you have a good excuse — chemo brain.
Chemo brain can happen anytime during cancer treatments like chemo and radiation, and cause memory and thinking problems. Since we all react to treatment differently, many factors can contribute to these cognitive issues, such as medications, stress, nutritional deficiencies, sleep patterns and tiredness or other disorders.
Also known as chemo fog, chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction, chemo brain is characterized by loss of memory, the inability to multi-task and difficulty concentrating on a particular subject.
Other signs and symptoms of chemo brain can include:
Recent studies show there is no way to prevent the side effects of chemo brain, but fortunately side effects are usually mild and disappear in time.
No one likes to feel like their head is in a cloud. With a few essential tips, chemo brain can be managed through everyday activities and lifestyle choices:
How do you stay on task to reduce chemo brain? Tell us in the below comments!
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