The impact of chemotherapy on the cognitive abilities of cancer patients is increasingly recognized. But, today, the latest research talks about the memory loss associated with this treatment also has its origin in many other factors, such as radiation, hormone therapy, stress, cancer-related fatigue, medications such as asteroids and, potentially, the inflammation caused by the cancer itself.
Erica Guardascione, of ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation in the United States is helping many patients identify these symptoms to have a better prognosis. He tells us in an interview that patients have the following: "Before cancer, I could answer emails while talking on the phone" or "I feel like I can only do one thing" or "If I'm halfway to answer an email and my son is talking to me, I can't divide my attention. " He also tells us that memory is another relevant topic: "I am forgetting things I have to do later" or "I want to stop at the supermarket on my way home, then I realize that I am at home and forgot to do it." Finally, another common symptom has to do with word search. In a conversation, when you try to think of a word you want to use and it is almost on the tip of your tongue.
These effects reach 35% of cancer patients and can last up to 20 years after treatment .
But these symptoms are already being investigated and we can make some recommendations to fight them: avoid smoking, regular exercise and physical activity, maintain a healthy diet, a healthy sleep routine is also very important and control stress. It is also important to include cognitively stimulating activities in your daily life and anything that involves new learning or reading.
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