• Has anyone heard of Chemo brain & what is it?

    Asked by Tamehorse on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    Has anyone heard of Chemo brain & what is it?

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • karen1956's Avatar

      chemo brain is a "side effect" of chemo.....generally goes away when done chemo....its kind of like being "ADD"...forgetful, maybe "foggy", just not quite at full throttle!!! I remember after my first chemo talking to the nurse when I went for my second chemo and I said, I feel so ADD and he goes chemo brain!!!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Here is a link to an article about chemo brain on the ACS site: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/physicalsideeffects/chemotherapyeffects/chemo-brain

      Chemo brain is real and is sometimes temporary and sometimes ongoing. Chemo brain can affect memory and the brain's executive function (the ability to organize, to concentrate, and to control impulses). In some circles whether or not it exists is still disputed, but many of us who have had chemo can attest to its irritating presence in our lives.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Go to the questions page and type "chemo brain" in the questions search box. You will find over 100 threads related to chemo brain.

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      As Nancy said, it's a commone problem, and one that just about everyone asks about once they start treatment and start to notice that they forgot what they went to the store for,or where the keys are. Some people just are forgetful or don't pay attention, but for me, I can't remember things when paying attention, and the harder I try, the worse I am it seems.

      Welcome to "Chemo World"

      almost 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      As my pharmacist said and Texas Oncology about me having neuropathy, "don't go thinking you're special, we give that to everyone" I think the same thing applies to Chemo Brain. For some it gets better, for others, it doesn't. For me, I think I've improved significantly in the past month or so.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      I never had Chemo but I am in a lot of pain from another medical problem. This is causing the same symptoms described as chemo brain. The main thing is to give yourself the time to remember things that take flight as soon as I try to focus on them. It is really frustrating but when you admit to people that it is a problem they are very understanding. Tracy

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      For me, Chemo Brain has the greatest effect on my short term memory. Also, I find myself not paying attention whereby --- I have done some crazy things like sending an appreciation email to the wrong "Elaine" on my Address Book -- like leaving key ingredients out of a recipe. At first I would get embarrassed when I would forget what I want to say in the middle of a sentence or when I would tell someone something for the second or third time. I am getting over that fast -- I have learned to ask first "Did I tell you about ----------?" A couple of times, I would look at the TV Remote Control and draw a blank on how to do a DVR function. Instead of getting frustrated with myself, I would just hand it to my husband and say "it is all yours" -- but then I am stuck with watching some Martial Arts Movie that isn't even in english -- so I am learning to get around that one pretty fast!!!! I do brain exercises each day (sudoko, word jumble, crossword puzzles, etc). Other than that, I live with my Chemo Brain -- I would say it is a small price to pay for being with my family this Christmas.

      almost 4 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I've only had one treatment of Chemo, and I can tell that it is affecting my brain. I am having trouble in conversations looking for the right words. I'm also having trouble doing simple tasks that I normally would be able to do easily. One thing that is helping my concentration is knitting. I have to really focus to keep on the pattern. And it's helping me out.

      almost 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      yes, I have it. It's the annoying inability to recall what you were doing or saying. I can remember details from years ago, but can't remember why I came into the kitchen! I'll pick up the remote to make a phone call or hold something in my hand and have no idea what I was going to do with it. I can't recall the name of familiar objects sometimes. It's frustrating,but I think it does get better. I am 4 months out from chemo. I try and laugh about it. My family is very patient and understanding:)

      almost 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Yesterday, in the middle of a mini-blizzard, I decided to brave the elements because I really needed to go to the grocery. The big reason -- I was out of milk. Got the rest of my shopping done. Forgot the milk... This is how chemo brain affects me... Good luck.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar

      Chemo Brain is the only good thing about having cancer!!! It is the excuse you use when you've lost your keys, forgotten someone's birthday, can't remember whether or not you fed the dog, kids, or hubbie. For some reason (I'm sure someone out there knows why) chemo affects the part of the brain where you are suppse to remember things. My survivor buddies and I make a joke out of it when we've forgotten something. It also makes you do crazy things like taking the clean dishes out of the dishwasher and putting them in the refrigerator. Sit back and laugh and use the excuse "chemo brain"!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • MsScribe's Avatar

      It's a bit like having one senior moment after another after another! Can't quite concentrate, or can't quite remember things. or get distracted easily. Mine went on for months after Chemo but it did eventually ease up. i think it depends on your age and also energy level before chemo. I have friends who report that is never completely goes away but we all learn to adapt!.

      Exercise helps as does good nutrition and keeping your brain active.
      This too shall pass :-)

      almost 4 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      I've got an article on my website about it: http://marnieclark.com/chemo-brain-is-the-real-deal-and-what-to-do-about-it/
      Hope that helps! Hugs.

      almost 4 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Your question helped inspire a blog article we wrote about chemo brain.

      Blame it On the Chemo Brain - Tips and Tricks for Coping

      For you and others who may be coping with chemo brain, perhaps you will find it helpful.


      about 3 years ago

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