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Have you or someone you love been through chemo?

Posted by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:43 AM
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If so, did you notice a change in how you memorize things? Is your short term memory screwed up?
I've noticed that since chemo, my short term memory is really really bad. I can put something down and then seconds later forget where I put it.
In the year after I finished my chemotherapy, it was really bad. I'd say something to my husband, then seconds later forget if I said it so id say if again. Same with questions. I'd ask a question then forget the answer in seconds and even if I asked it!!
Before chemo , it wasn't like this.
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:43 AM
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thefiregoddess
by MotherDucker on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:45 AM

No I havent. Multiple family friends have, and all have memory issues.

Bumpity for you!

AVSpecWife4
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:47 AM
Thanks. It's really embarrassing. My dh gets frustrated with me because I lose stuff so easily, and if I don't write bills and appointments down, I'll completely forget all about them.

Quoting thefiregoddess:

No I havent. Multiple family friends have, and all have memory issues.

Bumpity for you!

AVSpecWife4
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:48 AM
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AVSpecWife4
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:51 AM
I found this:
Post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment (PCCI) (also known as chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction or impairment, chemo brain, or chemo fog) describes the cognitive impairment that can result from chemotherapy treatment. Approximately 20–30% of people who undergo chemotherapy experience some level of post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment. The phenomenon first came to light because of the large number of breast cancer survivors who complained of changes in memory, fluency, and other cognitive abilities that impeded their ability to function as they had pre-chemotherapy.[1]

Although the causes and existence of post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment have been a subject of debate, recent studies have confirmed that post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment is a real, measurable side effect of chemotherapy that appears in some patients.[2] While any cancer patient may experience temporary cognitive impairment while undergoing chemotherapy, patients with PCCI continue to experience these symptoms long after chemotherapy has been completed. PCCI is often seen in patients treated for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and other reproductive cancers,[3] as well as other types of cancers requiring aggressive treatment with chemotherapy.[4][5]

The clinical relevance of PCCI is significant, considering the increasing number of long-term cancer survivors in the population, many of whom may have been treated with aggressive dosing of chemotherapeutic agents, or with chemotherapy as an adjuvant to other forms of treatment.[6] In some patients, fear of PCCI can impact treatment decisions. The magnitude of chemotherapy-related cognitive changes and their impact on the activities of daily living are uncertain.[7]
thefiregoddess
by MotherDucker on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:54 AM

Tell him it can be worse.

I cant write things down.. if I do I lose it! I lose EVERYTHING. Even my phone. I have to back everything up to cloud and sync it with my s.o.'s phone!

I've never had chemo either. 

Its certainly not your fault

Quoting AVSpecWife4:

Thanks. It's really embarrassing. My dh gets frustrated with me because I lose stuff so easily, and if I don't write bills and appointments down, I'll completely forget all about them.

Quoting thefiregoddess:

No I havent. Multiple family friends have, and all have memory issues.

Bumpity for you!


AVSpecWife4
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 4:56 AM
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AVSpecWife4
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 5:02 AM
It causes so many issues with friends and family. I simply forget things so easily. I feel bad when I forget important dates or when I was supposed to do something.

Quoting thefiregoddess:

Tell him it can be worse.

I cant write things down.. if I do I lose it! I lose EVERYTHING. Even my phone. I have to back everything up to cloud and sync it with my s.o.'s phone!

I've never had chemo either. 

Its certainly not your fault

Quoting AVSpecWife4:

Thanks. It's really embarrassing. My dh gets frustrated with me because I lose stuff so easily, and if I don't write bills and appointments down, I'll completely forget all about them.



Quoting thefiregoddess:

No I havent. Multiple family friends have, and all have memory issues.

Bumpity for you!


RobinChristine
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 5:04 AM

I have not,I have a sister going thru round 2 of chemo in less than a year. She has noticed this

angelbutterfly2
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 5:06 AM
I did the same thing both during and after chemo for about 18mo. Look up chemo brain. It's a real condition and explains how chemotherapy effects short term memory loss.
I swear I had it so bad I felt like Dory from finding nemo. LOL
AVSpecWife4
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 5:16 AM
I know about chemo brain, but it's been 6 years since I went through it. I was hoping eventually I wouldn't be so forgetful.

EXACTLY like dory! Lol I mean its funny but it's sad. It's not as bad as it was the year after chemo. But it's still a problem.

Quoting angelbutterfly2:I did the same thing both during and after chemo for about 18mo. Look up chemo brain. It's a real condition and explains how chemotherapy effects short term memory loss.
I swear I had it so bad I felt like Dory from finding nemo. LOL
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