Coping With Memory Loss and Cancer

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How can I cope with my memory loss after cancer treatment?

Julie Silver, MD
There do seem to be some real side effects to some cancer therapy regimens that may leave people with some memory problems or some word-finding difficulty or difficulty with concentration and so on. And one of the things that I tell people is that however much of that you have, make sure that everything else is in order.

Julie Silver, MD (cont.)
Make sure that you're eating well, so that you're not having a low blood sugar and that's not accounting for you feeling tired. Make sure that you're sleeping well at night so that fatigue isn't the cause of these problems. Make sure you're not overly anxious, I mean we all have some anxiety but if you're really revved up that takes up a lot of space in your brain and doesn't allow the thought processes to flow as well as they could. So make sure that anxiety is not taking up too much space in your life.

Julie Silver, MD (cont.)
All of these things can make a huge difference in how you feel and also to just take time to relax at different times. If you're always, always, always going then it's really hard to think well, and to feel relaxed and to concentrate and so on. So you know if all these other things are in order, a lot of times the symptoms that people are experiencing aren't nearly as severe.