What is Chemo brain?
Chemo brain is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur after cancer treatment. Chemo brain can also be called chemo fog, chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction. 1
What are the symptoms of chemo brain?
Chemo brain is characterized by forgetting things, trouble concentrating, short attention spam, taking longer to finish things. 2
Most of the times the effects only last a short time. Children under three are considered most at risk to have long-term effects due to rapid ongoing myelination processes that can in some cases go on until seven years of age.
What can you do?
Examples of strategies that are often helpful for children and teens with educational problems related to cancer treatment include:
But overall be patient and compassionate to your child.
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Part of an integrative oncological treatment is to take care of all aspect of our children; music is a powerful expression tool that reduces anxiety, depression, and pain, it can also help the children to cope better with hospitalizations.
In Music therapy, the intention is to promote health by using music experiences including instrument play, movement, singing, etc.
In this video Ryan Judd from The Rhythm Tree shares with us, an interview with Catherine,
mother of Zoe who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and after the surgery music therapy helped her a lot to work out with her emotions.
For Ryan, Music therapy is honoring the child spirit and improving the quality of life.
Consider complementary methods in this road since it can bring a lot of benefits in the quality of life of a child.
Is your child suffering from Nausea?
We know that in order to prevent or decrease Nausea, a doctor may prescribe anti-nausea meds (such as Zofran, Ondansetron, Emend etc.)
which you should give a couple of days BEFORE a chemotherapy treatment cycle.
However, nausea can come and go also long after chemo has ended and if you do not want your child to take such meds frequently,
here are a few natural remedies which we gathered from our parents’ community, to ease nausea:
Tincture.Zingiber off. 30% Alpinia off. 20% Elettaria. 20% Mentha piperita. 15% Matricaria rec. 15%
Use: 60 drops 4 times a day. Drink with water or juice.
Remember, what helps one child may not help another, therefore you should try different solutions to solve the problem.
If you know of any other remedy, please send it to us and we will add it to this list.
A good book to learn, assess, and help treat migraines is “The Migraine Brain”.