Chemobrain, How Cancer Therapies Can Affect your Mind : What Patients, Families, and Doctors Need to Know

Chemobrain, How Cancer Therapies Can Affect your Mind : What Patients, Families, and Doctors Need to Know

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Random House, Inc.
The brain fog that afflicts many people who have undergone standard or high-dose chemotherapy is known as "chemobrain." In this clear, concise guide for cancer patients, survivors, families, friends, and caregivers, journalist Ellen Clegg provides the latest information on this much-discussed but poorly understood side effect of chemotherapy treatment.

Based on interviews with physicians and scientists who have treated and studied this problem, Clegg explains in understandable terms how chemotherapy works at the most basic biological level and also provides practical tips for coping with the aftermath of chemotherapy treatment. The key areas she addresses include:

• Tactics for dealing with cognitive problems, fatigue, and other lingering side effects
• Strategies for multitasking at home and reentering the workforce
• Dealing with health insurance
• The history of the patient empowerment movement that brought chemobrain to the attention of the medical establishment in the first place.
• The future of cancer research and the search for treatments that do less harm

This is the only book to delve into the cognitive problems associated with chemotherapy that many patients and survivors have complained of for years.ChemoBrain brings together cutting-edge science, the compelling stories of adults and children who have struggled for years with cognitive dysfunction, and the coping strategies being developed on the front lines of patient care.

Book News
A managing editor at the Boston Globe, Clegg interviewed doctors, researchers, patients, survivors, families, and other caregivers; and reviewed many scientific studies to discover how cancer drugs can impact thinking. Writing for general readers, she discussed such matters as what to expect during treatment and afterward, finding support as a survivor, navigating, and the future of cancer treatment. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
While surviving cancer should be an occasion for rejoicing, many people who have undergone standard or high-dose chemotherapy to defeat disease unfortunately suffer from a new physical and mental ailment known as "chemobrain." This cognitively dysfunctional symptom ranges from fatigue and memory loss to serious learning impairment due to possible brain damage. In this guide for cancer patients, survivors, families, friends, and caregivers, journalist Ellen Clegg provides the latest information on this much-discussed but poorly understood side effect of chemotherapy treatment, while also - in an objective fashion - giving voice to those medical professionals who remain skeptical of chemobrain.
Based on extensive and candid interviews with both those suffering from chemobrain and the physicians and scientists who have treated and studied this problem, Clegg cuts through the scientific jargon and explains in understandable terms how chemotherapy works at the most basic biological level. In doing so, she provides cancer survivors with the knowledge to understand what is happening to them and practical tips for coping with the aftermath of chemotherapy treatment.

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781591026693
1591026695
Branch Call Number: 616.994 CLEGG
Characteristics: 243 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Fleishman, Stewart B.

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