What is Chemo Brain?

Chemo brain is a term commonly used by cancer survivors to describe the thinking and memory problems that often occur with cancer and subsequent treatment. This condition may also be termed chemo fog, chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction.

Although cancer survivors make jokes and try to take it in stride, there is a great deal of concern when one cannot follow a conversation, maintain their previous level of performance at work, or perform day-to-day activities significant memory issues and confusion. Needless to say, these problems can be a frustrating and debilitating side effect of cancer and its treatment.

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Research Supports Neurofeedback for Chemo Brain!

Jean Alvarez, a social psychologist and breast cancer survivor, turned to neurofeedback several years after completing chemotherapy in hopes of regaining her ability to multitask cognitively and improve her ability to have a conversation without getting stuck trying to find words midsentence. After neurofeedback, she felt as good as she had before she began chemotherapy.

Alvarez designed a study to attempt to replicate her results. Twenty-three breast cancer survivors, ranging in age from 43 to 70, all of whom had completed anti-cancer treatments, underwent neurofeedback therapy and regular self-reporting evaluations to address the following:

Some patients began noticing positive changes after the first six treatments; others began seeing improvements closer to the end of their participation in neurofeedback therapy. Most importantly, twenty-one of the twenty-three women found that their symptoms were reversed after neurofeedback for chemo brain.

Brain Changers Can Help!

Brain Changers understands the frustration associated with brain function issues, including chemo brain. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive treatment that strengthens neuroplasticity and improves the brain’s ability to function optimally. For a number of years, this type of therapy has been effectively used to help children and adults who struggle with AD/HD, migraines, sleep disturbance, anxiety and/or depression, learning disabilities, and many other conditions. Research is now available to support the use of neurofeedback to effectively reduce the symptoms of chemo brain.

As a support to help those in our community who have battled cancer, Brain Changers is pleased to offer a 20% discount on all services to cancer survivors struggling with the lingering effects of chemo brain.

What Can I Do at Home to Help my Symptoms?

– Exercise your brain
– Feed your body with healthy fuel
– Exercise your body
– Get plenty of rest
– Practice relaxation techniques
– Maintain a regular schedule
– Write it down
– Minimize and organize
– Take frequent breaks
– Be honest with friends and family
– Find a creative pursuit

Call us today and let us help you regain your cognitive strength!