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. about 5 years ago
    buddaahman's Avatar

    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    having cognitive and concentration problems

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  2. over 5 years ago
    Janwillbeok's Avatar

    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Short term memory loss, confusion

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    • cjgriggs1
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast...
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    i had a lot of them, confusion, constipation, site pain, etc.

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    • PaigeB
    • Experience with Neuroendocrine Carcinom...
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Constantly feel foggy. I used to read a lot and now it is hard for me to concentrate. I still try even though it may be just a few...

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    • Longlife
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Small...
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    It's been a year and a half and I still forget more than usual.

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  3. over 5 years ago
    Pshumphreys9's Avatar

    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    After both surgeries, chemo and 30 radiation treatments. I now have all effects possible. Lucky me. Lymphedema, heart problems, neur...

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  4. over 5 years ago
    stepan00711's Avatar

    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    My mother Doris she is the one going through kemo for cll and lymohomia not me u

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    • Gymmom
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell Ly...
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Low red cell count requiring blood transfusions (a total of seven transfusions of two units each). Chemo brain, constipation, neuro...

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    • Melly
    • Experience with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia...
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I only get to pick one? Just keep checking them off.

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    • ewo1bn
    • Experience with Endocrine Tumor (NET)
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    It sucks

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  5. over 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I stayed in the house for about a week. I wasn't myself couldn't think straight, make appts, talk with my kids..horrible

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    • GailJ
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    My brain felt like a computer trying to run under the load of virus or adware. I knew the info was in there, but it was so slow to c...

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