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Taking on the fogginess of chemo brain

First Aired: March 22, 2015

Dr. Karla Thompson

Dr. Karla Thompson

Yes, chemo-brain IS real! In fact, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that employers accommodate their employees’ health-related impairments including chemo-brain. Our guest, Karla Thompson, PhD, assistant professor and neuro-psychologist at UNC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, shares the ins and outs of chemo-brain and the challenges it presents to many people who undergo chemotherapy.

Patients and survivors often report cognitive difficulties and a general brain fog, even long after their treatment ends. She offers recommendations on how to battle challenges with concentration, short-term memory loss, mental slowness, and even trying to find the right word. Activities including mindfulness, moderate exercise, and memory aids can provide hope and help.

More about chemo-brain:
Symptoms of chemo-brain – MD Anderson Cancer Center
Attention, thinking or memory problems – Cancer.net
Cognitive problems after chemotherapy – CancerCare

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