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.

    • Ajhugh01
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    So forgetful or "spaced out"

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    What was i thinking or looking for again.

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    • patchez0
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Ca...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    several side effects....hearing, speaking ..thrush, swallowing....sleeping limbs....blurry eyesite...and loss of several tastes I us...

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  1. almost 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Dealt with lots of fog and forgetfulness. Still dealing with it today although it has gotten better.

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  2. about 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain lol i could be in mid action and just 4get what i was doing this was the most frustrating along with the leg cramps clar...

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    • Nyphrodel
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I was having TERRIBLE Chemo Brain. It has gotten better with time.

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  3. about 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Minor 'fog'. Slow to recall things that I know I know.

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    • linse
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Confusion, depression,anxiety , fatigue, hair loss

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    • katds
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    body aches, fatigue

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    • Poohtail
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Mouth ulcers ,hair loss,fatigue

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    • azsuper
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    This chemo brain is some thing else let me tell you

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  4. about 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Oh yes!!

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