Guide to Managing Your Chemotherapy Treatment: Memory

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Date: November 2012

>> Some patients may experience changes in memory, attention, concentration and other mental abilities during chemotherapy treatment.  Sometimes these changes are called chemo brain. 

>> Yeah, that is not my friend; chemo brain is not my friend.  It is real, it is so real. 

>> I can't retain things as I use too and I don't know if it's because of the age or because of the chemo. 

>> It can make you feel incapable, because you know what you can do, you know what you know, you know how intelligent and articulate you are and can be and how funny you can be, how sensitive, whatever and when that chemo brain strikes, you're rendered into...almost like a child. 

>> If you're experiencing any of these problems, which may or may not be the result of the treatment, tell your healthcare provider; there are many things that can be done to minimize the impact of these symptoms on your daily life.