• Will I have any permanent memeory loss with 15 sessions of radiation treatment, whole brain?

    Asked by soccerdad on Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Will I have any permanent memeory loss with 15 sessions of radiation treatment, whole brain?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      Hi Soccerdad, You ask a very valid question and one frequently asked by those receiving WBRT for primary and metastatic lesions. Memory loss and cognitive changes do occur and whether it will occur with you depends on whether they try to avoid the hippocampus and limbic regions. They help maintain short term memory and those "happy" feelings. The use of steroids do help restore some memory as swelling subsides. Those patients who get whole brain that avoid those areas seem to have a better cognitive outcome. Also those who get WBRT alone instead of WBRT with chemotherapy do better with memory retention. Ask your radiologist if it is possible to spare these regions. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • creed0608's Avatar

      Hello...my husband had radiation of the brain in June of 2011 (but I do not think it was whole brain, they concentrated on the section that the tumor was in). Lately, I have noticed that he has some short term memory loss. We inquired at his last oncologist appt and asked if he could be experiencing effects now from the radiation, and they said he could...that people do experience this later on in years. It is not life affecting, it's just things that I'm noticing now a bit. I hope your journey goes well. If you want to chat about anything or have any questions, please let me know...I notice you are in NJ, where are u being treated? My husband was treated at Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick and we were very pleased.

      over 3 years ago

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