• Has anyone had psychological testing prior to Chemo to see if there is a marked difference and a way to track the loss with Chemo Brain?

    Asked by Giraffe on Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Has anyone had psychological testing prior to Chemo to see if there is a marked difference
    and a way to track the loss with Chemo Brain?

    Has anyone found it useful before beginning Chemo?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      There have been a number of studies regarding chemo brain. It is not a psychological side effect so I don't think psychological testing would be of any use. These studies compare mental acuity at various points in time or against a control group which has not had chemo. To do this on an individual basis would not be of any value, IMO, and it is highly unlikely that any insurance would pay for it. Individuals who have chemo brain as a side effect know they have it and don't need professional testing to tell them they have it. And even if they don't, of what benefit would a test be to tell them they have it?

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      Personally, I believe in "cancer brain" and this starts from the moment you are diagnosed. The anxiety and barrage of new information takes its toll on your mental abilities.

      over 4 years ago

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