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WHAT IT IS
Many cancer survivors experience some challenges with their memory, decision-making, and multitasking abilities. These difficulties are collectively known as cognitive function problems, and are not uncommon among cancer survivors. In fact, some people use the term "chemo brain" to describe the cognitive difficulties that survivors experience after cancer treatment, even if they did not undergo chemotherapy.
The most common cognitive problems that people report in the post-treatment period are:
- Trouble remembering things.
- Hard to concentrate.
- Changes in the way you process information, make decisions, multi-task.
- Difficulties in learning or comprehending new materials.
- Troubles with calculations and numbers.
Cognitive problems can be caused by various factors, such as chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation to the brain or cranial surgery. However, other factors like sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain, and medications for physical illness may also contribute to cognitive problems.
HOW TO TREAT IT
Cognitive function problems can be distressing, but there is help available. With the right treatment and support, you can manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
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