Explain chemo brain to boss?

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Question from IIC: In addition to not being able to "pin down the right word," I am slower at mental tasks than I used to be. How do I convince my boss that just because the chemotherapy is over doesn't mean I'm back to normal (and I'm not faking it to get out of doing work)?
Answers - Christina Meyers I don't know how you convince your boss. It is the real deal, and there is a lot of literature out there, so marshal the scientific literature that shows it's a real thing with real symptoms and show it to him. Also mention you might be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
George Sledge, M.D. My answer was that you should see a neuropsychologist and have formal testing to document it.
Christina Meyers Thank you for that, and I agree completely!

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

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2008.

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