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After I had chemo I understood I may get "Chemo Fog" or "Brain"

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After I had chemo I understood I may get "Chemo Fog" or "Brain" but my two adult children say I have dementia. Is Chemo Fog a real thing or not?d
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

yes, chemo brain or chemo fog is a real thing.

Dr. David :

what type of chemotherapy did you have? for what cancer?

Customer:

Idon;t know what it was called but I had it for breast cancer four rounds 1 every three weeks

Dr. David :

I see

Dr. David :

could be adriamycin or taxol

Dr. David :

have you talked to your chemotherapy doctor about this brain fog?

Dr. David :

and if it could be dementia?

Dr. David :

are you having trouble remembering?

Customer:

I don't remember, I didn't take much notice, but it was a regular type nothing out of the ordinary.

Dr. David :

I see.

Customer:

I havn't spoken to the oncologist I don't see him anymore, I go to work full time and have had no complaints I live on my own I drive a car I look after my own finances, sometimes I cant remember the name of something it comes to me eventually but not in a split second.

Dr. David :

I see.

Dr. David :

this sounds much more like chemo brain

Dr. David :

and not dementia.

Dr. David :

I would not stress about what your children say.

Dr. David :

they are not health care providers and not doctors.

Dr. David :

it doesn't sound like you have dementia.

Customer:

My GP has been my doctor for 9 years I did speak to her about it she said she hadn't noticed anything out of character.

Dr. David :

that is a good sign.

Dr. David :

I would not stress about dementia

Dr. David :

it does not sound like you have dementia at all.

Customer:

Thank you very much for your help.

Dr. David :

at age 67, as we all get older, it can be very common to sometimes take more than a second to remember things.

Dr. David :

you are welcome

Dr. David :

best of luck to you

Dr. David :

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