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List of Possible Causes of Chemo Brain.  

It's not clear what causes signs and symptoms of memory problems in cancer survivors.
Cancer-related causes could include:
  • Cancer A cancer diagnosis can be quite stressful and this can cause memory problems
  • Certain cancers can produce chemicals that affect memory
  • Cancer treatments
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Stem cell transplant
  • Surgery
  • Complications of cancer treatment
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Infection
  • Menopause or other hormonal changes (caused by cancer treatment)
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Sleep problems, such as insomnia
  • Pain due to cancer treatments
  • Emotional reactions to cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Other causes
  • Inherited susceptibility to chemo brain
  • Medications for other cancer-related signs and symptoms, such as pain medications
  • Recurrent cancer that has spread to the brain
  • Additional Risk Factors for Chemo BrainFactors that may increase the risk of memory problems in cancer survivors include:
  • Brain cancer
  • Chemotherapy is given directly to the central nervous system
  • Chemotherapy combined with whole-brain radiation
  • Higher doses of chemotherapy or radiation
  • Radiation therapy to the brain
  • Younger age at the time of cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Increasing age

Causes of Chemo Brain

Causes of Chemo Brain
Are you having trouble remembering things during or after treatment? Is a friend or family member having trouble remembering things, are they getting frustrated or easily aggravated about being forgetful, or missing meetings and other important things?  If so, don’t worry, it is COMPLETELY normal, and you can definitely learn to manage this, or help a friend or family member to manage this side effect. This is the result of chemo brain, or in other words, chemo fog which is memory problems resulting from chemo and radiation as well as other cancer treatments. Although no one is quite sure what specifically causes chemo brain, there are many things that doctors think could be the

Cause including:
 The stress of being diagnosed with cancer of any form
 The cancer itself, such as brain tumors or the effect on the body
 Many of the different treatment options and medications could also be causes because of the way they affect your body

Chemo brain makes it hard to concentrate, it may make you process things slower, it may also make you forgetful, or just generally feeling mentally different from before you had cancer or started treatment. It can definitely make things more difficult and frustrating than it did before, but it’s important to remember that this fog will not last forever, and that you can and will get through it.
Many of the side effects of cancer treatment can cause chemo brain as well. Anemia, fatigue, sleep problems, hormone imbalances and nutritional deficiencies are all thought to be common causes of this particular side effect. There is an emotional factor of chemo brain as well, depression, anxiety, stress, and anger are just some of them.The different emotions can enhance chemo brain and in these emotional states make it harder to remember things, and concentrate on tasks. 

How  Long Dose Chemo Brain Last
A majority of the time chemo brain only lasts several months after treatment, but in some cases it can last for several years, or it may never gp away.  

It is of the utmost importance that you disclose all symptoms with your doctor so they can determine what is causing these symptoms and possibly give you medication to reduce these problems and figure out if chemo brain is the cause and that the cause of these symptoms is not something more serious. There are, however, natural ways of reducing chemo brain which you can find under the