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How to Cope with Chemotherapy-Induced Memory Loss

Chemotherapy-induced memory loss may lead to confusion and frustration, so it's good to have coping strategies available.


  • TIP: Be sure to check with your doctor before starting an exercise plan.
  • Step 1: Get plenty of sleep at night. If you do not sleep well, you may have problems with cognition and memory the next day.
  • Step 2: Reduce your stress as much as possible. Prolonged stress and anxiety can lead to memory loss.
  • FACT: The German physician Paul Ehrlich received the Noble Prize in 1908 for his pioneering work in the field of chemotherapy.
  • Step 3: Exercise or take walks with friends to help you get enough oxygen to your lungs and blood.
  • Step 4: Be on the alert for hallucinations. Try to have someone around who can help you make sense of the situation should they occur.
  • TIP: Have people nearby, especially in unfamiliar surroundings, who can assist you should the need arise.
  • Step 5: Maintain a quiet environment. This will help you stay focused on your tasks.
  • Step 6: Ask your healthcare provider for medications to help you relax should you feel agitated.
  • Step 7: Let your friends, family, and health care provider know if you feel confused.

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