Effects on the brain
These effects include changes to memory, concentration, and the ability to think clearly. This is also known as mild cognitive impairment. As of now, we do not fully understand what causes these problems or how many people experience them.
These changes were first observed in women treated with chemotherapy. Changes to memory and concentration can affect people with cancer who have not had chemotherapy.
The symptoms are mild or subtle and include difficulty focusing, difficulty remembering things, extreme tiredness, and a feeling of mental fogginess. This may be frustrating and have a substantial impact on day-to-day life. There are things you can do to help yourself:
- Keep a diary of your symptoms.
- Make lists and take notes to help you remember things.
- Do mental exercises like crossword puzzles.
- Reduce your stress level by listening to music or going for a walk.
- Talk to your family, friends, doctor, or nurse for more support.