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    Chemo brain how long does it last

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      alivenwell

      Maybe it depends on which type of treatment is administered as well as the length of time it is given.
      I write everything down.

      over 3 years ago
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      kelley_gleason

      Ive only had surgeries and radiation till now but already feel like i have it. I literally just asked my oncologist about that since I will be starting chemo. He says it really should be called cancer brain. They just don't study it until patient have started their chemo treatments. Agree with nancyjac. You just learn to compensate.

      over 3 years ago
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      LisaLathrop

      Through chemo therapy and my bone marrow transplant my chemo brain was virtually uncontrollable! I had also gained alot of weight during treaments over the course of 9 months. As I was searching for a weight loss product that was healthy for me, I came across a product caled ViSalus - better known as Body by Vi...a health & wellness meal replacement shake that was full of protein. I started taking that as recommened - 2 x daily with 2 100 calorie snacks in between and 1 healthy meal per day. The weight started to come off and within 2 weeks my Chemo Brain was DRAMATICALLY REDUCED!! I also had significantly more energy! I continued on the product (which is not available in stores but only through home-based distributors) and lost 30 pounds last year. My Chemo brain is all gone. I am 48 years old and forgetfull at times but I think that is par for my age. For the past 8 months I cut back my shakes to just 1 per day...and have maintained my weight. I am back on the plan 2x per day to continue to lose the rest of the weight I have gained. So, in a long round about way, I think Chemo brain is somthing that you can control with your diet. Check out my ViSalus website at: http://lisalathrop.bodybyvi.com/ and view a short video about ViSalus and how it works. Also check out http://visalusingredients.com/ for details on it's ingredients. It is a weight loss product but the additional benefits are wonderful, too!

      Yes, I am a distirbutor but my primary goal since cancer diagnosis was to help others by sharing products and items I stand by with conviction. I have had 5 family members pass from 5 different kinds of cancer. I've developed this website: www.cancerkaleidoscope.com to pay it forward to other patients, survivors and caregivers through knowledge, books, health & wellness producs and the arts..

      over 3 years ago
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    Side Effects (Other): I knew with chemotherapy there would be side effects during treatment.But my "treatments" have never stopped. Now I have a low immune responsive system and take monthly IVIG treatments. I become anemic and have to take iron infusions. My discs in my back have slipped and herniated causing pain in my legs making it near impossible to walk. I get injections in my back. I have to take strong pain meds. Every month its something new and different. I finished chemo 3 years ago. I was glad to see the America Cancer Society has recognized that there are long term side effects after chemo is finished. I am glad I had my port put in even though it collapsed my lung. That story goes when I called the surgeon to tell him I was in extreme, he told me to double up on my pain meds. It snowed and I could not get to the hospital for 3 days, by then my lung was near normal. I just doubled up on pain meds. My story goes on and on............

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    Side Effects

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    Side Effects (slipped and herniated discs in lower back causing the addittion of injections in my back)

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    Side Effects (Swallowing problems)

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    Side Effects (Pain)