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Finally, after struggling with cognitive dysfunction for years we now have two books about Chemo Brain!

The new medical term for Chemo Brain:  "Cancer-therapy associated cognitive change"

 

Your Brain After Chemo:  A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus (Hardcover)

by Dr. Dan Silverman, MD, PhD and Idelle Davidson                                   

Chemotherapy saves lives, but new studies—including research led by coauthor Dr. Dan Silverman—reveal that the agents used to kill cancer cells may also impair normal brain function. Even years after treatment, patients report problems with memory, concentrating, multitasking, and word retrieval. As one person put it, “I’ve lost my edge.”

If you’ve undergone chemotherapy, perhaps you’re among those who’ve had trouble following the thread of a conversation or feel “less than” who you once were. Until recently, oncologists often discounted or trivialized “chemo brain.” Now, argue Silverman and Idelle Davidson, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary; thankfully, you can rest assured that you’re not alone in feeling this way—and that you can do something about it.

Calling on cutting-edge scientific research and the inspiring stories of survivors (including Davidson’s own experiences with chemotherapy and its effects), this groundbreaking book will forever change how you think about your brain after chemo. Perhaps most important, it offers much-needed strategies to improve memory and focus, and an invaluable nine-step program to help keep your brain sharp. Your Brain after Chemo gives you the coping skills to move on with your life.

At Amazon $16.50

 

ChemoBrain: How Cancer Therapies Can Affect Your Mind (Paperback)

by Ellen Clegg (Author), Dr. Steward Fleishman, MD (Forward)

The brain fog that afflicts many people who have undergone standard or high-dose chemotherapy is known as "chemobrain." In this clear, concise guide for cancer patients, survivors, families, friends, and caregivers, journalist Ellen Clegg provides the latest information on this much-discussed but poorly understood side effect of chemotherapy treatment.

Based on interviews with physicians and scientists who have treated and studied this problem, Clegg explains in understandable terms how chemotherapy works at the most basic biological level and also provides practical tips for coping with the aftermath of chemotherapy treatment. The key areas she addresses include:

-Tactics for dealing with cognitive problems, fatigue, and other lingering side effects

-Strategies for multitasking at home and reentering the workforce

-Dealing with health insurance

-The history of the patient empowerment movement that brought chemobrain to the attention of the medical establishment in the first place.

-The future of cancer research and the search for treatments that do less harm

Amazon $12.89

Note
If you experience symptoms of chemobrain, I strongly encourage you to talk with your health care professional about your specific medical condition and treatments. The information contained in this website is meant to be helpful and educational, but is not a substitute for medical advice.

If you feel your medical team is not informed or supportive about chemobrain I urge you to refer them to this web site or seek out a provider among those listed who are actively engaged in the research and writing on this complex matter.  

No one should go through this alone.  



 
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