The Mesothelioma Center's September Support Group Session - Coping with "Chemo Brain"

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During and after chemotherapy treatment, some mesothelioma patients experience forgetfulness, problems with "word finding" and difficulty concentrating. These are symptoms of a phenomenon called Chemo Brain. Generally considered a temporary condition that resolves considerably in the months after completing treatment, patients find it frustrating and stressful nonetheless. This presentation will discuss chemo brain and strategies to manage its symptoms.

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The Mesothelioma Center's September Support Group Session - Coping with "Chemo Brain"

  1. 1. Coping with Chemobrain Dana Nolan MS, LMHC, NCC Licensed Mental Health Counselor September 11, 2013
  2. 2. What is Chemobrain? Patients say that during and after chemo that their: • Thinking seems foggy • Memory not as sharp • Can’t make decisions Physicians call these “cognitive deficits related to chemo,” but cancer survivors refer to them as part of “chemobrain!” (800) 615-2270
  3. 3. Symptoms of Chemobrain  Memory loss  Trouble paying attention  Difficulty “word finding”  Problems managing daily activities/solving problems Usually resolves completely or considerably within a year of finishing chemotherapy. (800) 615-2270
  4. 4. Causes • We are unsure of the exact cause of chemobrain. • Progress in helping patients manage it. Hypotheses about causes: • Anxiety • Depression • Hormonal fluctuations • Sleep problems (800) 615-2270 • Low blood counts • Stress • Medication side effects
  5. 5. NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST EVALUATION  Consulted in chronic cases  Comprehensive evaluation  Recommendations can include medication, cognitive rehabilitation (800) 615-2270
  6. 6. Mesothelioma patients struggling with chemobrain can do a number of things to minimize the impact of chemobrain… (800) 615-2270
  7. 7. MAKE LISTS (800) 615-2270
  8. 8. AVOID DISTRACTIONS (800) 615-2270
  9. 9. ORGANIZE YOUR ENVIRONMENT (800) 615-2270
  10. 10. REPEAT IMPORTANT INFORMATION (800) 615-2270
  11. 11. KEEP YOUR BRAIN SHARP (800) 615-2270
  12. 12. SHARE YOUR STRUGGLE (800) 615-2270
  13. 13. ASK FOR HELP! (800) 615-2270
  14. 14. Contact Information 1-800-615-2270 (800) 615-2270

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