Please reply. Memory problems after chemo-radiation ?

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Please reply. Memory problems after chemo-radiation ?

by dmehta20 on Thu Apr 16, 2015 02:24 AM

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Hi my father has undergone 7 weeks of chemo and 8 radiation cycles. After the treatment suddenly, the haemoglobin level dropped to very low and needs a blood transfusion. 

My major concern is he is having short term memory losses. Did anyone of you'll have any such similar experiences ?

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by tomsimmons57 on Thu Apr 16, 2015 02:48 AM

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Yes,  It's called "chemo brain".  I am 58 male stage 4 esophogeal cancer.  Today I finished my third round of chemo. (IV every three weeks with a two week pill regiment,  nine weeks total) After a few weeks in I started to notice it.  The easiest problem solving tasks just seem to become difficult.  If I get interupted in the middle of a sentence,  I loose the thought.  Yesterday,  for example I was in my bathroom getting ready to leave and pay my water bill at the city hall (a block from my home)  When I got there I reached in my pocket for the bill, and instead found a pair of tweasers from the bathroom.  Don't ask me what the hell I was thinking, but I must have grabed them instead...  If the chemo is doing the same to my brain as my body,  It is tired.  It resembles sleep deprevation and when you just can't think clearly.  I've only had three rounds,  and my blood counts have been good.  I suggest plenty of sleep to give your brain the rest it needs.  Good luck,  Tom

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by dmehta20 on Thu Apr 16, 2015 02:57 AM

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Thanks Tom. Glad you replied. 

However, I somehow I think in my father's case, it is getting severe now. He forgets the most recent thing.

However my best wishes with you. God Bless

Will stay in touch.

RE: Please reply. Memory problems after chemo-radiation ?

by Atoms on Fri Jun 05, 2015 03:06 AM

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My experience is that it is the short term memory that loses the most. When I walk to another room I can never remember why until I stand still and relax so the memory can reappear. The plus is that one's intellect stays active.

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