• I am trying to fight off the effects of chemo and chemobrain

    Asked by CancerChicky on Monday, July 22, 2019

    I am trying to fight off the effects of chemo and chemobrain

    Has anyone had any luck or good success with taking these supplements that claim to help with memory and cognitive issues like Prevagen or Cognium?

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    • po18guy's Avatar

      Chemobrain, although impossible to quantify, and very difficult to accurately define, may actually respond to counseling, since it is held by an increasing number of researchers to be related to PTSD.

      As to brain function in general, unless clinically studied, all results would be entirely subjective. I suggest that if you do try some, buy a supplement with a money-back guarantee and keep the receipt! Those closest to you may provide a clue as to any improvement.

      6 months ago
    • carm's Avatar
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have often wondered the same thing about those supplements. I've never tried them.

      6 months ago
    • Leuky's Avatar

      I see new ads on TV all the time for these supplements. I've wondered if they were just a joke or if they actually work. I'm skeptical.

      6 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      I'd be afraid to take anything until my doctor approves it, which is unlikely. I have sooooo many smaller pads of paper with notes in each. The problem is I can't remember which one contains what I am looking for!!!

      6 months ago
    • Phoenix76's Avatar

      I haven't tried any supplements, but read a good book on chemo-brain (but I can't remember what it said...:-(...(LOL!)(just kidding!). The chemo breaks the synapses between the nerve cells in your brain, and so we have a hard time sometimes making a connection. However, the brain is a remarkable organ; there have been cases of brain damage to a certain area of the brain, and then other sectors "step up" and take over that function.

      What I found helpful was to first understand what was happening to my brain, and then to actively work to rebuild connections. When you learn something, new nerve pathways are created. So, I took Tai Chi classes (that were offered by the hospital for free to cancer patients), which forced me to focus intensely on mind-body connections, and even simple things like maintaining balance.

      Another was juggling! I can hear you chuckling about that...But, again, this was with soft juggling balls which helped to build mind-body hand-eye coordination, besides being fun. Be playful with it.

      6 months ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      I have found puzzles; jigsaw, crossword, word search, sudoku can really help reteach your brain to focus. When I first tried a jigsaw I lasted about 2 minutes before I had to just get away from it because I thought my head was going to explode. I kept going back and now can sit and work a puzzle for a couple hours. Working arithmetic problems can help. Adult coloring books or drawing forces your brain to focus on something. I don't think supplements are the way to go. Work that brain. It will resist but if you keep at it I think you will notice improvement.

      6 months ago

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