Cancer Related Brain Fog: The Causes, Symptoms and SOLUTIONS!

March 27, 2013

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Patients, health care professionals and researchers are starting to accept that cancer can cause ‘Brain Fog’. However, variable incidence rates across studies make it difficult to identify who is most likely to be affected, why, and what the cause may be.

Commonly referred to as ‘chemo brain’ or ‘chemo fog’, the mechanisms for cognitive changes following cancer diagnosis and treatment are largely unknown. The symptoms tend to include changes in memory function, verbal skills difficulties, decreased attention and concentration, difficulty with multi-tasking and executive function, changes in motor function and co-ordination, spatial skill difficulty and an alteration to mood and psychological well-being. Those affected describe a loss in sharpness that is both frustrating and life altering. 

This talk will begin by providing a summary of current research on the topic, specifically addressing incidence rates, symptoms and possible causes. A multidimensional cognitive enhancement program specifically designed for cancer survivors will be presented wherein the audience will learn a variety of techniques and strategies that can be used immediately to help compensate for cognitive difficulties. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of cancer related brain fog and will be provided with some tools to help address it.

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