CHEMOBRAIN

CHEMOBRAIN

Although cancer survival rates are increasing, people who have undergone chemotherapy often report that the treatment itself can lead to various forms of cognitive impairment. According to Ellen Clegg (2009), the term “Chemobrain” refers to a set of symptoms which make it difficult to keep track of daily tasks.  Chemobrain can create a kind of “brainfog”, characterized by some combination of the following:

 

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Decreases in memory (both visual and verbal)
  • Difficulty multitasking
  • Becoming easily confused
  • Feeling disorganized
  • Feeling “spaced out”
  • Difficulty finding the right words

 

Jean Alvarez and her colleagues conducted a study which explored the effects of NeurOptimal Neurofeedback (or EEG Biofeedback) on post-cancer cognitive impairment.  The results of this research, published in "Integrative Cancer Therapy" in 2013, strongly suggest that Neurofeedback has the potential for reducing the negative effects of cancer treatment in many people.  In addition, participants in the study reported improvement in sleep patterns and a reduction in fatigue.

 

 

YOU CAN READ THE ABSTRACT OF THE STUDY HERE