Patients who undergo chemotherapy treatment frequently complain of a mental fog commonly called "Chemo Brain."
(PRWEB) July 21, 2014
For a number of years, cancer patients have faced the frustrating mental fog that accompanies chemotherapy treatment, known commonly as 'chemo brain.' This mental fog can effect patients who have underwent chemotherapy treatments of any duration, not just long-term treatment. "Chemo Brain" tends to present individuals with problems primarily related to attention, memory, and general thinking. There is quite a bit of information about this side effect available on the internet, as well as ways to combat it.
What exactly are some of the symptoms commonly associated with "Chemo Brain"? The American Cancer Society says "Here are just a few examples of what patients call chemo brain: Forgetting things that they usually have no trouble recalling (memory lapses), Trouble concentrating (they can’t focus on what they’re doing, have a short attention span, may “space out”), Trouble remembering details like names, dates, and sometimes larger events, Trouble multi-tasking, like answering the phone while cooking, without losing track of one task (they are less able to do more than one thing at a time), Taking longer to finish things (disorganized, slower thinking and processing) and, Trouble remembering common words (unable to find the right words to finish a sentence)."
Despite the fact that its exact cause is still unclear and it may strike at any point during cancer treatment, there are ways for patients to cope. Here are 7 strategies to help you get your mental edge back. You can see the whole story at Empowered Doctor.