• I keep reading about chemobrain or brain fog. I am worried that I'll lose my edge at work

    Asked by Coloman on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    I keep reading about chemobrain or brain fog. I am worried that I'll lose my edge at work

    How soon after chemo starts does it happen and for how long after chemo stops will it hang on? I fear the loss of sharpness more than the cancer or treatment.

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I don't know what you do for a job, but chemobrain can cause you to lose your edge (and words and thoughts ...) Not everyone will get it and it won't affect everyone the same. For me, it seems to be hanging on for a long, long time. But, I imagine everyone's experiences are different.

      l did grant writing ... and I lost that ability - research and writing coherent sentences became far too difficult for me during the throes of treatment. I might be able to do it now if I really tried. Not sure.

      almost 2 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Recent studies tend to indicate that chemo-brain/fog is related to PTSD. So, it may very well depend upon how traumatic your diagnosis/treatment are.

      almost 2 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      It depends on how demanding your employment is and how much coworkers may support you.
      I had some brain fog. I was told to eat white bread, white rice...during treatment. After treatment was done, I was told to take vitamin B6, D3, magnesium rich foods like dark leafy greens and almonds. The B6 and magnesium help reduce neuropathy.

      almost 2 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      Every cancer journey is different. So until you go through yours, you won't know. Be positive until you experience your first side effect, and then ask your oncologist how to combat it. I logged every day for my oncologist and then shared at my next chemo treatment, We reviewed together and then tweaked my chemo cocktail to combat the side effects,

      almost 2 years ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      Some people experience and others don't. But our brain is like our body - use it or lose it. Staying active, reading, doing your favorite hobby, and staying engaged with conversations helps keep our brains sharper.

      I took a total of twelve FOLFOX infusions with Avastin for my Stage IV rectal cancer. That was five years ago. The first year afterward was the worst - I'd lose words - words that I knew I knew - but just couldn't pull out of my brain. It's gotten much, much better.

      Exercise helps keep our minds and our bodies at top speed. Try walking, using resistance bands, and lifting some weights. Crazy as it sounds, exercise really benefits the entire body.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Bolduc44's Avatar

      I did pretty well overall depending on which chemo you get I did use some supplements to counteract the neurological effects on the brain Exercise will also help

      almost 2 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have issues that are related to chemo brain. The cognitive issues haunt me. The more stress I have on me at the moment I'm trying to think of something the worse it is. I can't bring a thought to front of mind for anything when under pressure. But give me a minute or two for me to take my mind off of what it is I'm trying to think of and BOOM, There it is. It's a strange condition. I have seen articles suggesting that being put to sleep also adds to the issue. I've been put down more times than I can count, so that probably adds to my issues. Maybe you will skate by without issues.

      almost 2 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      7 years after treatment, I still have a little bit of aphasia. I can remember stupid words like aphasia, but I'll struggle to find a word like spoon. It's annoying. I'll do that w/names, too. Generally not friends or coworkers, but like celebrities or politicians.

      almost 2 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      My chemo brain affected my speech. I couldn't get out the words in a conversation. I just couldn't remember certain words and would get stuck in mid sentence. So I found a nice speech therapist that worked with me to give me tools to help me. She really helped.
      Not everyone gets chemo brain. And people are affected differently. It may help to work on puzzles and other things to keep your brain sharp while dealing with chemo.

      almost 2 years ago
    • deena's Avatar

      I had chemo brain while going through treatment. I wasn’t working while I was going through it. It did go away for me.

      almost 2 years ago

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