Com­bat fa­tigue and chemo brain

C.A.R.E. - - Cancer -

Fa­tigue is one of the most com­mon and dis­tress­ing side ef­fects of can­cer and its treat­ment, and the so-called “chemo brain” is part of the fa­tigue. It’s a short-term ef­fect and is a mild but very real de­crease in men­tal func­tion­ing. How you are af­fected will de­pend on your age, stress lev­els, blood counts, gen­eral health and the other med­i­ca­tions you are tak­ing, among other fac­tors. Com­mon signs in­clude:

Short-term mem­ory lapse

Trou­ble con­cen­trat­ing or fo­cus­ing

Short at­ten­tion span

Trou­ble re­mem­ber­ing cer­tain words or names, and trou­ble fin­ish­ing sen­tences.

Trou­ble multi-tasking, like an­swer­ing the phone while cooking

Slower think­ing and pro­cess­ing

Both over­all tired­ness and chemo brain can change through­out treat­ment, with good days al­ter­nat­ing

with bad days. This is nor­mal and ex­pected.

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