Chemo brain is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur after cancer treatment. Chemo brain can also be called chemo fog, cognitive changes or cognitive dysfunction.
If you or someone you know has been dealing with Chemo Fog, you might refer them to a recently published book by Dan Silverman, MD, Ph.D. of UCLA and journalist, Idelle Davidson called Your Brain after Chemo. The book addresses several strategies for dealing with chemo fog. One approach is to look at how fear, stress and depression may factor into, and potentially intensify, memory loss and other cognitive challenges.
Dealing with cancer can be one of the most difficult experiences of a person’s life — in fact the American Psychiatric Association lists the diagnosis of a life threatening illness as one criteria for identifying post-traumatic stress disorder.
So in Your Brain After Chemo, several exercises are introduced to first deal with identifying issues of fear, stress and more. Your Brain After Chemo also offers advise for stimulating your mind and organizing your life in a nine-step program.