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Chemo Brain

Posted 1/11/2016 by UHBlog

“Chemo brain” is a term used to describe problems with thinking that may happen before, during or after cancer treatment. Many people say having chemo brain feels like their mind is in a fog. Even though it’s called chemo brain, these problems can happen with chemo or radiation treatments. Chemo brain can make it hard to pay attention, learn new things, and call to mind things like names, dates and common words.

The cause of chemo brain is not known. People who have chemo or radiation to the head may have a higher risk for these problems. Certain chemo drugs may change how your brain works. Other things like the cancer itself, trouble sleeping, sadness and stress can also cause problems with thinking.

For most people, chemo brain goes away within a year after treatment is over. For some people, problems with thinking can last more than a year or may never go away. There are many things you can do to help manage and cope with chemo brain.

On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 the Gathering Place West is offering a free program from 6:30 – 8 p.m. called: Managing Chemo Brain, Neuropathy and Fatigue. Beth McLaughlin, MD will share tips for managing these common cancer treatment side effects. To learn more or to register for the program call 216-595-9546 or visit

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