This is what many cancer patients and survivors will feel while reading the excellent book Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus.
Written by Dan Silverman, MD, PhD, and award-winning journalist and breast cancer survivor Idelle Davidson, this book validates what cancer patients and survivors have been telling doctors for a long time:
Chemotherapy can cause significant cognitive dysfunction – even years after treatment.
This well-researched book provides alarming-but-necessary information on chemotherapy’s effect on patients’ cognitive abilities. A significant number of patients reported concentration losses, multitasking problems, attention deficits, as well as many types of memory loss. Your Brain After Chemo complements facts with moving personal stories of patients suffering from chemotherapy-induced cognitive changes, creating a comprehensive account of patient experiences.
The authors also address another major effect of treatment – patients feeling they are negatively perceived at home and work. In fact, the authors do a great job covering the effects on the family of cancer and the cognitive dysfunction associated with treatments.
Your Brain After Chemo is also well-balanced, covering other factors that can affect the brain during cancer diagnosis and treatment, such as depression, fatigue, and anxiety. The book acknowledges that there is a fine line between a patient who has cognitive impairment and one who has depression, pointing out that mood can also affect cognitive functioning and vice versa. The book highlights that depression, anxiety, and cognitive impairment are sometimes all intertwined. For example, according to the authors, when people are depressed, “they also struggle with memory, attention, and concentration problems.”
The authors also guide readers through the kinds of questions about chemotherapy that patients can ask their doctors. Silverman and Davidson also provide excellent information on methods that might work to alleviate depression – such as cognitive therapy, yoga, acupuncture, and meditation. The book also covers foods that can help foster a healthy mind, as well as ways of coping with insomnia, fatigue, inattention, and problems concentrating.
Particularly useful is a nine-step daily program designed to help patients and former patients improve focus and memory – and stay their healthiest.
Your Brain After Chemo will capture readers’ attention from the first page to the last. This well-written, easy-to-understand book will validate the concerns of current and former cancer patients. Silverman and Davidson champion their cause, which is near and dear to their hearts – to tell the truth about chemotherapy’s effects on the brain.
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Tags: chemobrain, chemotherapy, cognitive dysfunction