Combating Chemobrain: Keeping Your Memory Sharp


Helpful tips, I can use.

Originally posted on understandcancerin60minutes:

I recently ran across this helpful article in Chemotherapy Advisor, and want to share it with you. 

Background: Many people going through cancer treatment notice changes in their memory and thinking abilities. Coping with symptoms of chemobrain involves finding ways to help you remember things better, and doing activities that keep your memory sharp.

Here are some tips for combating chemobrain:

  • Make lists. Carry a pad with you and write down the things you need to do. For example, keep lists of things to buy, errands to run, phone calls to return, and even the times you need to take your medicines. Cross items off as you finish them.
  • Use a portable planner or personal organizer. These can help you stay on top of day-to-day tasks and keep track of appointments and special days like birthdays and anniversaries. Paper and electronic versions are available.
  • Get a wall calendar. For…

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4 comments on “Combating Chemobrain: Keeping Your Memory Sharp
  1. Jane says:

    these are helpful tips for anyone! thanks


  2. dear Yvonne,

    thank you for sharing these very helpful tips. all of us with chemobrain need re-inforcements and back-up – and these very practical suggestions make good sense to assuage the damage to our memories and organizational skills. Great Post – thank you!

    much love,



  3. Thank you for posting/sharing this VERY helpful article, SeasonedSistah2!

    I recently had a hysterectomy which, among a laundry list of downfalls, has a serious side-effect of messing with my memory (thanks to lack of certain hormones…) My husband gets a kick out of joking about the loss of memory since the surgery, but I take it in stride. I know I’m not as sharp as I used to be. LOL!

    Anyway, this list is right on time! One thing I do that I didn’t see on the list – but mimics sending yourself a voicemail – is that I send myself text messages when I don’t have something at the ready to write with.

    Again, thank you!


  4. Karuna says: is a brain training program developed by Stanford University. It is fun, and very helpful in improving memory.


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