chemo-brain

Having trouble remembering new information?

Chemo-brain is a mild cognitive impairment involving short-term memory difficulties which can last months or years after chemo treatment.  Long-term memory is not affected but you have trouble remembering new information. It is thought that chemotherapy may damage the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that makes new memories.

People who have had chemotherapy complain of things like -

  • forgetting names, appointment times and dates
  • forgetting where you have left the car or the mobile phone
  • poor focus – becoming easily distracted
  • difficulty concentrating
  • difficulty multi-tasking
  • taking longer to finish things
  • thinking more slowly
  • taking longer to process new information
  • becoming distracted in the middle of a sentence – forgetting what you were saying
  • losing words – the tip of the tongue phenomena
  • difficulty learning new skills

The cause of chemo-brain is not clear but we do know that due to the plasticity of the brain most of these changes resolve over time.

How you can improve chemo-brain without waiting for the fog to clear

Instead of waiting for months or years for the fog to clear you can improve your memory by exercising the different functions of your memory and stimulating the natural plasticity of your brain. Associative Cognitive Recall (ACR) teaches you how to improve your memory. ACR is a model of how the memory works that has been developed from current research.

Current Research

The University of Rochester Medical Centre is currently researching the use of Human Growth factor IGF-1 to mitigate the effects of chemotherapy on the brain (Cancer Investigation (ScienceDaily, Dec. 18, 2009).

ACR is applied memory support that has been developed from current research into brain and memory function.

Improve your memory with ACR:   See our courses