Cognition refers to brain activity that encompasses short and long term memory loss, memory recall, problem solving and learning. In the cancer setting the struggle to find words, being forgetful more than usual or zoning out is often colloquially called “Chemo-brain” or “chemo-fog.” Chemo-brain is quite common, and for those who have or had it, know the stress it can cause by not being as on-the-ball as they use to be.
This study can provide reassurance and validation for those who feel their brain isn’t working as actively as it used to. It can also provide the evidence required for healthcare professionals to inform them that people who have a cancer diagnosis may need extra support to retain new information.
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