The mental cloudiness experienced before, during and after chemotherapy is often called “chemo brain.” These mental and cognitive difficulties associated with treatment can be a frustrating side effect.
Women report symptoms such as:
Some have a subtle, short-lasting experience. For others, chemo brain happens immediately and can last a long time. Many fall somewhere in between.
If you believe you are experiencing chemo brain, use these tips to help you cope:
Talk to your healthcare provider for more information, especially if your symptoms persist, worsen or seem more serious than what you expected.
Download one of our planning worksheets to help you keep track of your appointments, medications and follow-up care.