Chemotherapy, which is disappointingly still the major drug choice that is used to treat a multitude of cancers here in the US under typical Western medicine, has long been suspected of causing serious brain fog. Countless patients complain of this as they are undergoing chemo treatments, but the studies had yet to actually prove that it was a real phenomenon, until now.
As most people know (and sadly some are still in the dark about) chemotherapy drugs are highly toxic to the human body. They not only target and kill cancerous cells, but they also kill healthy cells, which is why so many awful things happen to people while they are enduring this “therapy”.
Many times patients say that they have trouble with the simple planning and organizing tasks for their day as well as in the memory area when they are on chemotherapy. It was commonly called “chemo brain” because the phenomenon was so common in patients who were undergoing it.
A new study has shown that evidence backs up these claims. It shows that the various areas of the brain that are affected actually are not as active during chemo and seem to be slower to respond and not as active overall as they were pre-chemo. The effects may even extend beyond the treatment, however the study also claims that the effects on the brain and the fogginess tend to go away after treatment is over.
The research hopes to be able to point to ways to ease this awful side effect, which often makes patients feel helpless, and can be depressing on top of the fact that they are battling a deadly disease. It’s not exactly good for morale when you can’t focus and you feel that your body is somehow failing you as well.
Some of the common side effects of chemo have interesting remedies already. There are some drugs that hope to increase the appetite in patients since chemo often lowers the appetite so drastically that patients lose weight that they really cannot afford to lose when they are battling cancer.
Another well-known and often devastating side effect of course is hair loss. There is a cap now that cools the head while undergoing treatment so that the hair follicles don’t heat up to the point where they kill the hair root and make the strand fall out. Some pretty great results are being seen with that one.
This study may help to spawn some innovative complimentary treatments to help prevent this brain fog aspect of treatment as well.