• Does being diagnosed with brain cancer affect your memory? What part of the brain are memories stored in?

    Asked by MarktheMan on Friday, February 22, 2013

    Does being diagnosed with brain cancer affect your memory? What part of the brain are memories stored in?

    I am really worried about forgetting my valuable past.

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    • carm's Avatar

      Well... there is many ways to answer that question depending on the types of memory you are referring to. However, I will try my best to answer that question. On the right side of the brain, the Temporal lobe controls memory like emotional memory, music memory and visual memory. Toward the back of the Temporal lobe is object recognition. The right side Parietal lobe is more spatial sense or memory, like touch recognition for the left side of your body. The Frontal lobe controls impulse/ inhibitions; the right or wrong behavior as well as creativity. On the left brain, the Occipital lobe recognizes letters and groups of letters, and also symbols like reading a clock. The Temporal lobe controls language, speech and language memory stories; recognizing word sounds. The Temporal lobe on this side also helps you remember names to faces. I hope this helps, and remember that the brain is hemispheric so all physical functions on the right side of the body is controlled by the left brain and vice-versa. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • Fusionera's Avatar

      Hi Mark,

      As a longtime (18-year) brain cancer survivor, I can tell you from personal experience that it affects everyone differently. Most people I know have more prevalent issues with short-term memory than with long-term, myself included. If you are truly afraid of losing some valuable information, you may want to consider starting a recorded oral history on a tape recorder or directly onto your PC so that you can access that information later on. Since side effects vary according to the tumor's location, etc., I would highly recommend addressing your concerns with your neusorsurgeon and neuro-oncologist. Hope this helps.

      over 3 years ago
    • MarktheMan's Avatar

      @Fusionera Wow, 18 years, you give me hope. Thanks for the answers everyone. This is just hard.

      over 3 years ago
    • Fusionera's Avatar

      By the way, I CAN spell neurosurgeon. LOL

      over 3 years ago

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