Memory Loss, AKA “Chemo Brain”

Memory Loss, AKA “Chemo Brain”

We all have moments where we go “Uhhhh…what is that word? Why did I walk in this room? Where did I leave my keys?” And it’s a well-known fact that when people are stressed, they are more likely to be, or do, something spacey.

So it’s natural that people dealing with cancer are going to have more of those moments. It’s also another reason why it’s unfair to call it “Chemo Brain” because there’s no evidence that chemotherapy causes these kinds of moments, especially since cancer patients report having these lapses well before ever starting chemotherapy.

So what do you need to know about this phenomena? Well, officially or medically, it’s known as a loss of cognitive function. Older women tend to have more of a problem with it than younger women. And most cancer survivors say it goes away over time.

Want to find out more? Like what kinds of things qualify as “chemo brain?” We have a list. And more importantly, we have some tips on how to deal with it, as well as links to other resources that can help you deal with it. Read on! And be sure to watch how women deal with it too.

Memory Loss, AKA “Chemo Brain”

Laura Ricks

Communications Manager

Mississippi's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Mississippi, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurvivMISS is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveMISS's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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