Chemo brain restrictions?


Question from Zenia: You talked about some of the things we should be doing to help with chemo brain. Are there are things we should NOT be doing?
Answers - Christina Meyers I don't know anything specific not to do. I know things that don't work, but they're not in the category of “don't do it.” Mental exercises, for example, don't help chemo brain although they're not bad on their own. A caveat: herbal supplements have to be thought through very carefully. There may be a lot of information on the web that isn't particularly correct. There may be misinformation or advertising. Consumer beware if someone is promising a miracle cure, as you would be in any other venue.
George Sledge, M.D. I agree entirely. Another point worth pointing out is that in the clinic when we speak of chemo brain, we are speaking of a moving target. That patient who is receiving chemotherapy is different from the patient who has completed all her therapy a month ago who is different from a patient who completed her treatment a year ago who is different from a patient who is 10 years out. So because things can change (and often for the better), one needs to be careful in terms of assigning benefit to things that are offered to patients. Many of the improvements are just improvements that would happen anyway in the fullness of time.
Christina Meyers I would be especially wary of the miracle drug or thing, the only information on which is put out by the people who market it.

On Wednesday, October 15, 2008, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Managing Chemo Brain. Christina Meyers, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. and George Sledge, M.D. answered your questions about how long chemo brain can last, what treatments can be helpful, and current research on cognitive effects of breast cancer treatment.

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