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What is "Chemo Brain?" By The Minister of Wellness

Chemo brain is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur during and after cancer treatment.

Chemo brain can also be called chemo fog, cancer-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction.

Signs and symptoms of chemo brain may include the following:

  • Being unusually disorganized

  • Confusion

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Difficulty finding the right word

  • Difficulty learning new skills

  • Difficulty multitasking

  • Feeling of mental fogginess

  • Short attention span

  • Short-term memory problems

  • Taking longer than usual to complete routine tasks

  • Trouble with verbal memory, such as remembering a conversation

  • Trouble with visual memory, such as recalling an image or list of words

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