Chemo Brain and Breast Cancer

Posted on March 02, 2018

Breast cancer treatment can often cause brain fog (or "chemo brain") that lasts long after treatment is over. Members of MyBCTeam share frustrations and coping strategies around “waiting for the fog to lift.” “I’m two years out and still have “cog fog!” I wonder if I'll ever think normally again!” wrote one member. “Whether it’s chemo brain, menopause brain, or both - it has been four years and I feel so stupid and slow. I hate it,” shared another. One member even forgot what year her daughter was born.” My husband was like, ‘Are you okay??’ Yup! It’s scary forgetting things but this side effect keeps me on my toes😉,” she explained.

Many members rely on sticky notes, alarms, and journaling to stimulate recall. “After detoxing from chemo and doing memory puzzles, my brain is back!” reported one MyBCTeam member. Other members credit Wunderlist and other list-making apps, gentle yoga, and supplements for helping clear the “fog.” Before starting any new supplements or physical activity, discuss these options with your doctor or care team. Being part of a supportive community has helped many breast cancer survivors adjust to brain fog. “For the longest time, I thought it was just anxiety that comes with the condition,” wrote one member. “Now I know better, thanks to my beloved MyBCTeam.”

On MyBCTeam, the social network and online support group for women facing breast cancer, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Brain fog is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.

Here are a few question-and-answer threads about brain fog:

Can anyone give any advice on memory problems/chemo brain?

Has anyone received ADA accommodations at work for chemo brain effects?

I have a weird feeling from treatment, has anyone felt like their brain function was dialed down?

Here are some conversations about brain fog:

A member shares her experience on body injector treatment.

Here we are today and I am finally back at work and getting back into a routine with my family.

The mood swings and depression are too much.

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to MyBCTeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

A MyBCTeam Member said:

Four years and I still have brain fog! My husband and oncologist don't believe me. It's sad!

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