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.

  1. almost 3 years ago
    Angelaine's Avatar

    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    After 5 years, done with all chemo med(hormone blocker) I still have chemo brain issues. Word recall sometimes is horrible.

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    • Tinam18
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Also bone pain, hair loss, fatigue, neuropathy

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    • Yahairme
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Too many to list.

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    • Auby
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Ringing in my ears, difficult swallowing

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    • txtwin
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I've had about half of your list. this question needs to allow "pick all that apply."

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    • SoniaM
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) C...
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    UGH -- seems to get worse with each chemo treatment and affects my ability to do my job. I have some terrific co-workers though and...

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  2. about 3 years ago
    MissyLeonard's Avatar

    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    The list of side effects is quite extensive. What I was/am not prepared for are the many long term effects I continue to live with. ...

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  3. about 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    During 1st month, did not know what day it was, could not operate the microwave, got out of recliner and forgot why...got lost in my...

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    • AElenaB
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I was allergic to both of the first 2 chemo “cocktails”

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    • Kd61
    • Experience with Gastrointestinal Stromal ...
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Fatigue, muscle and joint pain, swelling under eyes

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  4. about 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I definitely have had symptoms of chemo brain on numerous occasions. I’ll be describing the scenario and come to a word I thing that...

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    • Bunzie
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Loss of hair, appetite, mood swings

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