New evidence that "Chemo Brain" is real

3 years ago

If you've struggled with the brain fog that accompanies chemotherapy, you know: "Chemo brain" is real. But it never hurts to have a little scientific proof backing you up!

Researchers from West University School of Medicien and West Virginia University Hospitals witness changes to brain function after chemo, including major decreases in brain metabolism.

Specifically, the noticed that the regions of the brain that used less energy after chemo were the ones responsible for plannng and prioritizing. 

Ready for the REALLY serious stat? 

"More than half of chemo patients are in the bottom 10% of cognitive performance for spatial abilities" and "35% are in the bottom 10% for long-term verbal memory."

Here's what I read:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279265.php

So what can you do if you or someone you love has "chemo brain"? First, have their cognitive skills tested to find out which skills are weakest. (It's even better if you can have a pre-chemo baseline test done!). Then look at your options for cognitive skills training, which can significantly help improve brain skills, like memory, visual processing, attention and more.

 

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