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Womens Oncology Care: 12855 North Forty Drive • Suite 325 North Tower • St. Louis, MO 63141 • Phone: 314-989-9244 • Fax: 314-989-9336

Chemo Brain

Chemo brain is a recognized side effect of chemotherapy which causes a reduction in verbal or visual memory, problems with attention and concentration, a reduction in the speed of processing information, and visual or spatial abnormalities. Patients may experience symptoms during and directly after treatment and for some, may linger years after treatment.

Doctors initially thought impaired cognitive ability was related to the other side effects of chemotherapy such as anemia, fatigue, and depression. But treating these conditions didn’t solve the problem. Now it is thought to be caused by central nervous system toxicity. Some individuals may be genetically susceptible to the mental effects of chemotherapy. It may persist for as many as 45 percent of patients after treatment is discontinued.

Imaging studies show that high doses of chemotherapy result in changes but further studies are needed to determine which chemotherapy drugs cause problems, how, and who is at greatest risk.

Patients report feeling behind and struggling to keep up. Some patients report disorganization and distractibility which may affect their ability to function at their previous levels. Requesting a slower-paced work project with less aggressive deadlines for a period of time may be helpful. Many will recover normal or near-normal levels a year or two after chemotherapy. There are strategies that are helpful in dealing with the mental haze:

Adapted from: Chemo Brain by Beverly Burmeier

WOC Services

Consultations/Second Opinions
Coordination of Hospice Care
Coordination of Radiation Therapy
Surgical Procedures
Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery

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AARP Medicare Complete
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Care Management
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