Experiences with Chemo brain

“Chemo brain” is a term used to describe the forgetfulness, brain fogginess, trouble thinking, and mental challenges associated with cancer treatment. Chemo brain can happen during or after cancer treatment. Chemotherapy affects people differently; some patients never experience chemo brain, and others experience it long term. Common symptoms of chemo brain include forgetting, trouble concentrating, trouble multi-tasking, difficulty remembering words, short term memory loss, and overall trouble doing things that used to come naturally. A lot of cancer patients and their families have to joke about chemo brain, but the truth is that it really does affect your daily routine and force some changes to be made.

A lot of WhatNexter’s anticipate chemotherapy treatment and wonder, ‘Just what is “chemo brain”?’. Chemo brain can be struggling to complete sentences, having trouble picking the right word to describe something, getting lost when having a conversation, walking into a room and forgetting why you are there, and difficulty reading or staying attentive while reading. Fortunately, WhatNexter’s have shared ways that they have coped with chemo brain. They suggest explaining it to family members, loved ones, and co-workers so that they are not surprised by your challenges; they also suggest not getting to discouraged by the things you cannot do. Instead, use coping tools such as writing everything down, setting alarms for appointment times, focusing on one task a time, doing activities that will work your mind, and do your best to keep on going through the fog. Share what coping tools have worked for you, and read what others have posted below.

    • Sgnorris
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    5 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    And diarrhea and pain And peeling from what looked like a massive burn

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    • RobinW
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    10 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    This increased over time. I was put on Ritalin, 10 mg, in AM and Noon in September 2018, which made an amazing improvement.

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  1. 12 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Hand foot syndrome. Mood changes. Mouth sores. Weight gain. Tiredness.

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    • tmmosley
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    about 1 year ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Seeking treatment for this presently, I put it off for far it long. It is real.

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  2. about 1 year ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Was still bad even 8 weeks after radiation and 4 months after chemo. I started playing xbox Golf with my son and my chemo brain sta...

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    • pattypie
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    really did not have any bad side effects just tired and puffed up from steriods and bored from being low energy and having to try to...

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    • Neeser
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Well in the first wk severe bone pain, every time 3days after treatment , fatigue and hot flashes, memory loss baldness more no tas...

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    • Grammyto6
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Orop...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I also have anxiety/depression, difficulty swallowing, fatigue, neuropathy and others

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    • Vino
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Joint pains..weight gain..

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    • Suekg
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    It seems that as I moved through the one year mark since my last treatment (I spent 3 weeks in the hospital, my white count was2, my...

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    • Topher
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Sarcinoma
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    https://youtu.be/6x42BHnINpQ

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    • Sdurre
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    about 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    So so very bad

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