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FAQ – How Long Can A Person Have Chemo Brain?

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#1 Some may take a year or more after treatment

"Symptoms of chemobrain can fade after chemotherapy ends, but each patient is different. Some may take a year or more after treatment to feel normal again; others may never regain full mental ability." - source: mdanderson.org

"For most people, the symptoms have either gone or improved a lot within a year of ending treatment. But for some people the symptoms can be long term and may continue for years after treatment has finished." - source: cancerresearchuk.org

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  1. Other medical conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid problems, depression, anxiety and nutritional deficiency The severity and duration of the symptoms sometimes described as chemo brain differ from person to person. Most cancer survivors will return to work, but some will find tasks take extra concentration or time. Others may be unable to return to work.

  2. No matter the cause, chemo brain can be a frustrating and debilitating side effect of cancer and its treatment. Researchers are working to understand the memory changes that people with cancer experience. If you experience troubling memory or thinking problems, make an appointment with your doctor. Keep a journal of your signs and symptoms so that your doctor can better understand how your memory problems are affecting your everyday life.

#2 3 years after #cancer treatment I still forget things 🤨🤔😫

"For most patients, chemobrain improves within 9-12 months after completing chemotherapy, but many people still have symptoms at the six-month mark. A smaller fraction of people (approximately 10-20%) may have long-term effects.

For the minority of people who do have long-term effects, they can be noticeable even 10 years after completing treatment. However, these side effects should be stable and not worsening. If they are getting worse 10 or more years later, you should speak with your doctor." - source: dana-farber.org

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#3 Between 6 months and 2 years after finishing treatment

"For some people, the effects of ‘chemo brain’ only last a few weeks. Most people get better between 6 months and 2 years after finishing treatment. However, about a third of people have symptoms that last longer, sometimes for many years. There are strategies that can help with symptoms." - source: lymphoma-action.org.uk

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#4 Usually clear up 6-9 months after treatment.

"CRCI is a technical term for what is colloquially known as “chemo brain.” The origin of this phenomenon is that a lot of cancer survivors who receive chemotherapy report having difficulty concentrating or remembering things, and this lasts beyond the time of treatment to months or years after the chemotherapy is out of their system." - source: cancertodaymag.org

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#5 2 yrs after my last #chemo and I am still struggling to keep up

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#6 Chemo Brain May Last 5 Years or More

"Chemo Brain May Last 5 Years or More. “Chemo brain,” the foggy thinking and forgetfulness that cancer patients often complain about after treatment, may last for five years or more for a sizable percentage of patients, new research shows." - source: nytimes.com

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#7 6-9 months after they finish treatment

"For most patients, the effects resolve within 6-9 months after they finish treatment. For others, the symptoms could last years." - source: cedars-sinai.org

"A study has found that chemo brain is a substantial problem for as long as 6 months after treatment is completed for many women." - source: breastcancer.org

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