Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Use This Blog

By
Idelle Davidson

Welcome. I hope you'll find the articles and stories here valuable. To begin, use the SEARCH BOX, top right.  Type in keywords like, lymphoma or breast cancer or memory or multitasking or driving, or word retrieval, or exercise, and see what articles and resources pop up. Also browse the LABELS index (right column, bottom of page) and check out reader favorites.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wanted: Chemo Brain Rehab Programs - An Open Letter to Cancer Centers

As a science writer who went through cancer and post-treatment fog and then wrote a book about the “chemo brain” phenomenon, I can tell you there is enormous frustration in the cancer community over the lack of systems to help with quality of life.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Poetry of Chemo Brain

I would like to congratulate Elise Partridge whose poem, “Chemo Side Effects: Memory,” was just posted on former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s Poetry Forum website.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Memory Problems After Cancer? Computer Games May Help

If you've been through cancer treatment and you are struggling with memory, concentration, multitasking and/or word retrieval issues, you may be hoping for that golden portal, that doorway back to your pre-cancer self. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

7-Year Mesothelioma Cancer Survivor Tells Her Story (and It's Not About Chemo Brain)

I think I've done a pretty good job (if I do say so myself) of restricting my blog specifically to the topic of chemo brain. I'm making an exception though for Heather Von St. James who wants to increase awareness of mesothelioma, the malignant cancer that is linked to inhaling asbestos particles. Her video is lovely and inspiring. I hope you'll watch it. See her note, below.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Neuropsych Testing Can Confirm Chemo Brain, Say UCLA Researchers



Historically, a frustration among researchers has been that neuropsychological testing is not sensitive enough to confirm a patient’s complaints of memory issues after chemotherapy.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Chemo Brain: A Guide for Caregivers

Sara Barton wrote this beautiful piece for her blog, "The Practical Caregiver -- Cancer." She has graciously allowed me to re-post it here. Not only does Sara write about her experiences as a caregiver but she provides tips and guides for others. See her blog at http://www.practicalcaregiver.org. -- ID

By Sara M. Barton
Guest Blogger


Getting Past Chemo Brain
I'm a big believer that family caregivers can make a difference for cancer patients when we focus on overcoming the dreaded "chemo brain" by helping our loved ones in gentle, respectful ways.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Navigating Through 'Chemo Brain'*


By
Idelle Davidson

Does any of this sound familiar? You’re halfway through what will be six rounds of chemotherapy when you notice a dense fog rolling over your brain. You grow forgetful. The responsibility of making even small decisions overwhelms you. You find multitasking impossible; good luck completing any task at all. Driving shatters your nerves; you’re disoriented, no longer sure which direction is home.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Second-Hand Smoke and Memory Loss

In my July 5th column (Is Nicotine Good for Chemo Brain?), I wrote about the nicotine patch. Studies suggest the patch may help with memory loss.