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Chemo Brain is Real

Jill Reese, RN, BSN, OCN
 

 

Chemo Brain is Real.

 

 

 

Have you heard of the term chemo brain or chemo fog and wondered exactly what that meant? Or if chemo brain truly was something real? Unfortunately chemo brain is real as there has been research over the years that have shown that chemotherapy, and radiation, can impact one’s memory.

Patient’s notice that they do not remember things quite as well, have difficulty concentrating on a particular task, or find they have a short attention span. Some notice this before treatment even begins. These changes may be subtle to family and friends, but the person experiencing chemo brain is aware that their way of thinking has changed. This definitely can impact one’s quality of life.

Fortunately, there is research being done on how to prevent it along with strategies on how to cope with chemo brain. If you, or someone you love, are experiencing chemo brain there are ways to help manage it and to keep your brain active.

Tips

  • Exercising all areas of your brain is helpful so try to work through a cross word or Sudoku daily.
  • Manage your stress
  • Ensure that you get a full night’s sleep
  • Avoid distraction when working on a task
  • Be organized
  • Keep a journal
  • Write yourself a reminder
  • Exercise

Do not hesitate to ask a loved one for help!  Also, ask that they be patient with your questions or information you may ask to be repeated. Please let your Oncologist know that you are experiencing chemo brain as they may have additional advice for you.  For more information about chemo brain and other topics, please visit www.Cancer.net

At Dayton Physicians Network we strive to be sure you know everything about your condition.  We offer you education, information and resources to help you understand diagnosis and treatment.

 

We’re here for you.

The Best Medical Information

David W. Key, MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   The best place to find medical information…check with your health care provider

 

The internet is a wonderful place to spend time.  A great place to shop, to explore history and faraway lands.  However, it is not always the best place to find the medical information and education associated with your particular disease.

According to an article in Urology Times, Dr. Google creates anxiety, opportunity, Dr. Steven A. Kaplan, MD recommends that health care providers help patients learn more about their disease and its’ treatment.  Providers should use every opportunity to assure the patient has all the medical information needed.

I absolutely agree with Dr. Kaplan.  As providers we need to be sure we are not only treating a patient’s medical condition.  We should also educate them about their particular condition and offer them the best resources to learn more.

At Dayton Physicians Network, we pride ourselves on providing accurate and timely information.  We distribute fitting handouts and direct patients to appropriate websites such as Urology Care Foundation and Cancer.net .

We want to alleviate anxiety by directing you to meaningful information and education about your disease.  We want you to be informed, so that you can make good decisions about your health care.

 

We’re here for you, when you need accurate information.