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    . Has anyone else found that their memory suffered as a result of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Does it get better? How long did it take?

    Asked by RMR on Friday, September 14, 2012

    . Has anyone else found that their memory suffered as a result of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Does it get better? How long did it take?

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Its called "Chemo Brain". Yes, I'm being serious!! As far as it getting better, I think it may depend on the person. I think mine is a little better but my wife says it isn't...Good Luck!!

      over 8 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      OHHHH Lordy... What was the question again.....yes, years ago, I asked my first oncologist if there was any connection between the chemo and my not being quite as sharp, forgeting the small things, like did I get my change, how much money did I have in my pocket. My wife told me to pick something up on the way home, now what was it? Back then, they said noooooo, no connection. Well, horse twiddle, now there are a sack full of studies that prove the condition we all call chemo brain. So yes, I found that, and still deal with it, and it's getting worse for me. I had chemo twice, radiation twice, in a total of 3 different cancer diagnoses.
      Maybe yours won't be as bad as mine, wishing you well!

      over 8 years ago
    • Damaris' Avatar

      It does happens, for me it has helped do any type of activity to keep my mind working whether is Sudoku or any kind of strategy game, my favorite is hidden object games. Don't be discourage by it, just do your best. :)

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Yes, I suffer from memory lost - or at least I lose words and sometimes I feel fuzzier when faced with complex tasks. I do Sudoku and play word games. After four years I don't think it is getting better, but it doesn't seem to be any worse. I think there are still 52 cards in the deck, they're just a little floppy and dog-eared.

      over 8 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Yes! 2 years out from treatment & it is a bit better. But I do leave myself notes & reminders now. Annoying, but it beats dying right! The others gave good info here. Just focus on your health & never stop! Good luck.

      over 8 years ago
    • wvgal68's Avatar

      OMG! Yes. Mine did get slightly better after my first bout. However, after more chemo, it is worse. Forgetfulness, I can deal with. But I have lost my comprehension of numbers, the checkbook, bills, just too much for me to handle anymore. Frequently not able to recall the word that I am looking for, and if my mind and mouth are not on the same page, it's hard to tell what word will come out. It can be kind of humorous at times.
      At my last visit, my oncologist was telling his resident that I was intelligent, and kept him on his toes. I replied that I used to be intelligent, now I'm just confused with moments of clarity!

      over 8 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Yes, and I have experienced the same as the others. I have found it very, very difficult and a confidence-buster. I am almost one year since my last treatment and am actually seeing improvement. It's slow, but I am able to recall things much quicker than I used to. I used to be like a baby - out of sight, out of mind. I am testing myself now, leaving my keys in different places in the house and when I put them down, I tell myself where I left them. That has helped quite a bit.

      I also have problems finding the correct words, although I do think it has improved some over the past 6 months. I'm not as slow, but I still do have a hard time finding the more complex words. I also have a very difficult time multiprocessing and I used to be the queen of multiprocessing.

      I recently took a job that would have been like dumbing down for me, but I found it to be a bit of a challenge. It's very frustrating, but I'm trying to accept the new me. As long as I am cancer-free!

      over 8 years ago

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