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Treatment Side Effects

 

Chemo Brain
What You Need to Know Right Now

by Gabriela Höhn, PhD

Sound familiar?
I’m just not myself since I started treatment. I’m fuzzy, not as sharp, and everything seems to take me longer. I forget where I put things, and can’t remember peo­ple’s names or conversations I just had with them. I try to hide it, but family and friends are starting to notice – even my coworkers. Am I losing my mind?

No, but you may be experiencing chemo brain.

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Take Control of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

by Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP, AOCNP, FAANP, FAAN

Peripheral neuropathy is a common, but often unanticipated, side effect of chemotherapy. Symptoms in­clude numbness and tingling that begin in the fingertips or toes and that may move upward into the hands and feet, and then the arms and legs as the neu­ropathy worsens. Peripheral neuropathy can also affect your balance and fine motor skills, making it difficult to carry out certain daily activities like buttoning a shirt, hitting the right keys on your computer or cellphone, or driving a car.

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Tips for Preventing Infection during Chemotherapy

If you are receiving chemotherapy, you may be at risk for getting an infection. This risk is highest when your white blood cell count is at its lowest. Getting an infection can be a life-threatening complication of chemotherapy.

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