‘Chemo brain’ frustrating for cancer patients – Healthy Living

Another article on ‘chemo’ or ‘cancer’ brain, citing a number of studies of providing evidence of cognitive impairment post treatment through MRI and psychological testing (like I did – see here and here) and, more importantly, suggesting possible intervention strategies and treatments. Quote:

Identifying and acknowledging cognitive impairment is important, but more important to patients is the development of interventions that will help them cope more effectively with the consequences of their treatment.

Over time, we may be better able to identify patients who are at increased risk. We may be able to identify which drugs are more likely to cause cognitive problems and avoid them whenever possible.

Training strategies are being developed—mental gymnastics, if you will—to help patients keep their memory and concentration “in shape” during treatment. Patients are taught coping strategies to minimize stress and better organize their days to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

Early studies indicate that these interventions improve both test results and patients’ self-perception of their mental functioning and well-being.

In my case, my strategy was to read and have some projects to keep me engaged (e.g., language learning, my blog, family tree etc). But the effect on short-term recall and handle multiple requests is noticeable, and I tend to be more obsessive with my to do list as a coping strategy.

‘Chemo brain’ frustrating for cancer patients – Healthy Living.

Advertisements

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s