“Chemo-brain,” “brain fog” or neurocognitive changes are usually related to cancer treatment. These changes manifest themselves as lack of concentration, memory loss or impairment, and difficulty multitasking and planning. Sometimes neurocognitive changes might last for years after treatment is finished, and they can be very frustrating and debilitating. Unfortunately, they are not very well understood medically.
Some ways to deal with chemo fog include cognition-enhancing medications, antidepressants, occupational therapy, cognitive rehabilitation and cognitive training. This involves:
- Memory and thinking repetitive exercises to train your brain.
- Carefully tracking and understanding under what circumstances your symptoms appear.
- Learning different ways to improve memory and conversation skills.
- Relaxation techniques that may help you cope.