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Chemo Brain

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 16 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Post-Chemo)

James Stack | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Drivin down the wrong side of the road..." Ricky Riddle Going through chemotherapy isn't easy -- at least it hasn't been for me. I began this journe...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 15 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Cycle 6)

James Stack | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"The trip begins with a kiss..." (Roam, lyrics by Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland) Taking a ride down a split tar, potholed, soft-to-n...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 14 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Christmas With Cancer)

James Stack | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Over the river, and through the woods..." (Lydia Maria Child) You'd think I'd be depressed going through chemotherapy in December. Odd though it may...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 13 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Cycle 5)

James Stack | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Road to nowhere..." (David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison) Every month I've worried about potential potholes, the most critical...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 12 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (The Infusion Room)

James Stack | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"I ... find my strength in the beat of your heart." (Haley Westenra) I like to think of myself as someone whose heart goes out to those less fortunat...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 11 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary (Cycle 4)

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Long may you run." (Neil Young) The weather had turned bitter on the first day of cycle 4. With a low in the teens, and it only being early November...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 10 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"Fly me to the moon..." (Bart Howard) Previously I had reported that I had tried to get a prescription -- approval -- for medical marijuana. My oncol...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 9 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like Walt in Breaking Bad, I have health care insurance from my employer, and like Walt's wife, Skyler, discovers about their insurance, I'm still liable for the deductible, copay and coinsurance portion of the medical fees.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 8 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Like responses to chemo, everyone's experiences are different. Of course, these are my experiences; but I believe they contain universal truths.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 7 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.14.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

When on cycle two, day two, I told my nurse she was joining my angels here on earth, she told me that one of her previous patients had claimed coming into the infusion room was like going to hell -- now I have a Hell's Angel by my side.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 6 in a Series of Cancer Related-Commentary

James Stack | Posted 11.04.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Rock me like a wagon wheel... Like tumble weeds, rolling along through the dust and drought. During my Aug. 26 visit to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical C...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 5 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Looking for adventure... Well, I found it, in a manner of speaking. I felt like a piece of lead on day three after chemo -- sleeping fitfully throug...

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 4 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Head on down the highway... The first day of chemo arrived, and I approached it with anxiety, which I suppressed through humor at every opportunity. ...

Chemo Brain

Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue

If you're going through it, know that you're not alone and if it's causing you distress in your everyday life then talk to your doctor about it. Your brain cells have taken an ass kicking, along with every other cell that was affected by chemo and now you and they just need some TLC.

Memory Problems After Cancer? Computer Games May Help

Idelle Davidson | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Idelle Davidson

If you've been through cancer treatment and you are struggling with memory or concentration issues, you may be hoping for that doorway back to your pre-cancer self. One area researchers are investigating to whisk you there is cognitive (re)training with specially-designed software.

Neuropsychological Testing Can Confirm Chemo Brain, Say UCLA Researchers

Idelle Davidson | Posted 06.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Idelle Davidson

Historically, a frustration among researchers has been that neuropsychological testing is not sensitive enough to confirm a patient's complaints of memory issues after chemotherapy. Brain scans, on the other hand, can successfully detect cognitive impairment after treatment.

5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Chemo

Anna Leahy | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna Leahy

While individual health care decisions in the wake of a cancer diagnosis belong to the patient, there are some questions that my mother asked -- or didn't know to ask until things went awry -- that may be helpful for others to keep in mind when chemotherapy is presented as an option.

Not All 'Chemo Brain' May Be Caused By Chemo, Study Finds

Posted 12.07.2012 | Healthy Living

The thinking problems associated with cancer treatment -- often called "chemo brain" -- may sometimes be present before a person undergoes chemotherap...

Navigating Through Chemo Brain

Idelle Davidson | Posted 11.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Idelle Davidson

Does any of this sound familiar? You're halfway through what will be six rounds of chemotherapy when you notice a dense fog rolling over your brain. You grow forgetful. The responsibility of making even small decisions overwhelms you.

The Clutter That Comes With Chemo

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Chemo Clutter has many different descriptors: chemo brain, chemo confusion, mind fog. All are terms that describe impairments in cognition resulting (at least in part) from chemo.

ASCO, Where Have You Been? It's Time to Recognize Cognitive Issues in Your Patient Consent Document

Idelle Davidson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Idelle Davidson

If the professional association that sets standards for oncologists doesn't seem to concern itself with timely disclosures, is it any wonder that clinicians in their hospital and community practices dismiss their patients' concerns as frivolous?

Why 'Chemo Brain' May Not Be Solely To Blame For Memory Problems

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 04.12.2012 | Healthy Living

There may be more than one factor responsible for "chemo brain" -- the term used for memory and attention impairments often experienced after undergoi...

Study Gives More Credence To 'Chemo Brain'

Posted 11.16.2011 | Healthy Living

By Anne Harding Many cancer survivors report feeling they've lost some mental sharpness following treatment. This common phenomenon has come t...

Memory Loss After Chemotherapy? Share Your Story

Idelle Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Idelle Davidson

For those of us who have traveled through cancer, or are experiencing it now, how does sharing our stories help us find our way?

Is 'Chemo Brain' a Disability Under the Americans With Disabilities Act?

Idelle Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Idelle Davidson

Chemotherapy may have cured them -- and they rejoice in that -- but they mourn the loss of the person they once were.