Combat fatigue and chemo brain
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.