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.

    • Bunzie
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    5 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Loss of hair, appetite, mood swings

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  1. 18 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Experienced major brain dog and short term memory loss during A/C chemo. The brain dog went away once I started Taxol!

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  2. 23 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Just starting with that after 8 chemo treatments. I have a job where that just doesn't work so I will have to use some of the trick...

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    • Carlina
    • Experience with Cancer of Unknown Prim...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    For the week after infusion, was in a brain fog. Had to write everything down, if I was coherent to do so. I felt unstable to drive.

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  3. about 1 month ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Itching, hairloss, heatflash, joint aching

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    • Eulaine
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    They included, hair loss, exhaustion, constipation, bleeding anus, dry mouth, dry skin, sensitive toes and bottoms of feet, brain fo...

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    • Mudwmn
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I continue to have long term side effects but have been diagnosed with ME/CFS - symptoms include no energy, headaches, brain fog, me...

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    • SheB
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorecta...
    3 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain, bowel obstruction constipation memory nerve damage to name a few

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    • MNCathy
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    4 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    chemo brain. neuropathy in feet from Taxol Chemo--hair loss--no appetite--nausea--lymphdema from Lymphnodes removal--mouth dryness--...

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  4. 4 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Foggy memory, constipation one day, then the next three days I need to be near a toilet. My joints are beginning to ache. I'm retain...

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    • Harlee
    • Experience with Chronic Myeloid Leukemi...
    5 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Bone pain fatigue

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    • domesgodes
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    5 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Bladder leakage. Very tired. No get up and go. .

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