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.

    • cjgriggs1
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast...
    about 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Scary

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Some days in a fog and forgetting actual words when speaking.

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    • cherriepie
    • Experience with Undifferentiated Ca...
    over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    numb face numbing of hand and foot equilibrium issues foggy head hearing loss

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    • OldFart
    • Experience with Lymphoplasmacytic Lymp...
    over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Beginning after cycle 3 and increasing thru 4, I am finding this becoming a problem. Not able to find words. Giving a really stupid ...

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    • greal57
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    chronic constipation

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    • Raynbow
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    & many more long term side effects both physical, emotional & mental with little support for long term survival & it's impact on qua...

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    • Pinkldreno
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I was an extremely detailed oriented individual prior to treatment and haven't been able to regain much clarity since the treatment....

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  1. over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Mouth sores, constipation, eating problems, fatigue, hair loss, taste changes/loss, chemo brain, neuropathy, and a few more.

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    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I have short term memory problems, even finding names of things or people. I find it hard to find words sometimes.

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    • Neri
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Other side effects include constipation, neuropathy, mood swings, prone to infections, bone pain, fatigue, fever, mouth infections, ...

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    • jennyrjd
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I'm not working now and I am looking for a solution to beat the chemo brain. My work / life / etc has gone from a 10 to a 3 on a sc...

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    • Sheila
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    When I had the lumpectomy 21 years ago I took chemo for 5 months, then radiation for 3 months. I was diagnoses with Chemo Brain 2006...

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