• I had ABVD chemotherapy treatment and it seems that there has been severe damage to my memory.

    Asked by RockTom on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    I had ABVD chemotherapy treatment and it seems that there has been severe damage to my memory.

    Does this mean the chemo affected my brain long-term? Does anyone else have this side effect even long after treatment?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It is called chemo brain and it is a very common side effect with most chemo drugs. It generally affects short term memory (not being able to retain information even for a short while), losing your train of thought, forgetting words and names, trouble staying focused mentally. It is unclear whether it improves somewhat after completing chemo or if it just seems to improve because people adapt and learn to compensate for it. I finished chemo almost a year ago and I don't think mine has improved, I have just found ways to cope with it.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had AVBD also, and still have trouble today with those things Nancy describes. Mine was 24 years ago.

      over 3 years ago
    • berly462005's Avatar

      I finished my treatment almost 3 yrs ago in May and I still have problem. I have heard it can continue forever. My husband just laughs at me however mine is chemo and his is CRS!

      over 3 years ago
    • jakechaya's Avatar

      Hi RockTom,

      I had the same treatment regime-121 treatments and the drugs did mess up my cognitive skills. It was like having gapped ADD. I had good long term memory but would get lost driving to a familiar place. I am an avid reader and I found I couldn't remember any books I read. Eventually my cognitive skills are returning but at times I can't "connect the dots" to my thoughts and words. It has been 14 months since I am done with treatment but still don't have my thinking skills back, but they are improving.

      over 3 years ago
    • SmedleyMugwomp's Avatar

      Just as Nancy describes--all of them. Frustratingly, most medical people scoffed at this for quite awhile--but the patients knew it was true. Only the last few years have addressed this common problem. No real cures--see Greg's reply above. Try and keep your brain active and engaged. Do crosswords, play computer games, read out loud. Work on retraining your brain (try Lumosity on the Internet). Never give up on working your brain. Best wishes.

      over 3 years ago

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