Chemo brain is soooo complex, and I’m not sure we fully understand it really. In my opinion (and what I’ve gleaned from reading), there’s really at least 3 components to it:
1. Fatigue - related to treatments and surgery, etc.
2. Anxiety & depression - associated with a life-threatening illness diagnosis; and
3. Potential physiological damage to the brain from treatments
All 3 of the above have the potential to affect short term memory and ability to focus. Everyone is different of course, but in my experience #1 can take from 6 months to a year, or longer, to fully recover from. An active lifestyle, exercise and nutritious diet can help.
#2 is also very personal, but can often be helped significantly with counselling/therapy, lifestyle changes, medication, exercise, good sleep patterns, and meditation.
#3 is probably the hardest to really understand, but this is where good management plays a big part. I use my calendar and notes app in my phone, and I write *everything* in it. I also use a shared Google Doc when I’m planning something more complex like a holiday or house move with my wife. I don’t know if this is chemo, age, or just life-related - but it helps!
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2018 Dx RC, 12cm high
Mod diff, EMVI+ LVI+. 4 liver mets
pT3N1aM1a Stage IVa. MSS NRAS G13R
CEA: Nov-18= 14, Mar-19= 2.4, Aug-19 <2.0, Mar-20=2.2, May-20=1.9, Jun-20=2.1, Sep-20: 2.1, Dec-20: 2.3, Mar-21=2.5, Jul-21=3.1
11/18 FOLFOX x6
3/19 Liver resection
5/19 25x pelvic radiation; complete met. response
07/19 ULAR w ileo, 1/27 LN+
08/19 Found liver spot
08/19 FOLFOX x1, FOLFOXIRI x1, FOLFIRI x5
12/19 Liver resection
02/20 Ileo reversed
03/20 NED (CT/PET/MRI/scope) - latest scans Jul-21