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Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus Paperback – May 25, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0738213910 ISBN-10: 0738213918 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738213918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738213910
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Silverman, MD, PhD, is head of Neuronuclear Imaging at UCLA. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

Idelle Davidson is an award-winning health journalist. She lives in Los Angeles.


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As a cancer survivor whose treatments caused significant cognitive impairment, this book has been a godsend.
MM654321
The book is written in a way that is easy to read (very VERY important when you are dealing with these issues)!!!
AnneMarie
This book is a must read for anyone undergoing chemo, but also for family members, friends, and care providers.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. Hunsicker on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Your Brain After Chemo yanks something out of the closet that cancer survivors need to talk about - impaired cognition after chemotherapy. I can tell you from my own experience, it's a relief to know that others suffer. Fast-reading, filled with tips and survivor stories, this book is important.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Janet Colantuono on August 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Your Brain After Chemo - is an incredibly helpful guide for anyone experiencing chemo brain, for patients who may be starting a course of treatment, and for family members and caregivers. It's sure to become an invaluable resource for understanding cognitive changes, and hopefully for taking steps toward recovery.

The authors have done a great job explaining the complex science in a wonderfully approachable way! Pick up this book and start to 'lift the fog and get back your focus.'
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Tannen on September 23, 2009
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An informative scientific review of available evidence that chemotherapy agents have significant cognitive effects on patients. I found it particularly relevant to the current experiences my spouse is having with the agent cisplatin. Of particular interest to me was the inclusion of personal anecdotes of patients who have experienced these effects during and after their therapies.

It reassured me that these effects are not unique to our situation.

I would recommend this book as required reading for all medical oncologists.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MM654321 on November 3, 2011
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As a cancer survivor whose treatments caused significant cognitive impairment, this book has been a godsend. It's very sensible, well-written, and its utility for me has been enormous.

For many people, losing some cognitive function doesn't seem so awful. For me, it was a calamity, as I think it must be for many (the numbers are HUGE-- as many as 25% of people who've done chemo have diminished cognitive functioning after 5 years. Considering that people getting chemo number in the millions in the US, that represents a tragic loss).

My own cognitive function returned, but it took a lot of effort over a couple of years. Much of one's recovery from loss of cognitive function, I found, involves developing compensatory strategies-- knowing how to re-arrange your ways of doing things so you make fewer mistakes. This book's tips and tricks about how to get functioning again are invaluable.

This would also be a great book for families and caregivers of people recovering from cancer, since it clearly explains what the cancer survivor often cannot properly express (it's hard to describe your brain with your brain not functioning correctly). It also does a huge service by teasing apart how different chemotherapies have different side effects.

A book on this subject could easily be grim, but there's just the right amount of lightening up and humor along with the more sobering truths. Learning how to laugh at oneself is a vital part of the recovery process.

A great addition to the growing literature of this illness.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Rozenblatt on August 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have for people undergoing chemo and for people who had had chemo. The book explains the effects that chemotherapy has on your brain, information not widely publicized by doctors. The book also shares some very poignant stories from other people that have also undergone chemo and who have experienced chemobrain. Most importantly the book highlights important strategies to cope with and to overcome chemobrain. It is an easy, entertaining and extremely informative read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sassy girl on May 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
"We're here to tell you that chemo brain is real.
You are not imagining it.
You are not crazy!
You are certainly not alone."
That statement says it all.
Silverson and Davidson give hope for me.
I had Chemo and radiation done to me 2 years ago.
It wasn't a very enjoyable experience.
They used to fill me with meds to calm me down.
Reading this book helped me realize I am NOT crazy!
They never explained that chemo does go into your brain.
It kills off brain cells as well as cancer cells.
This books talks about symtoms and signs of chemo brain.
Forgetfulness, fatigue,depression, are just some of the complications.
Included are tips to help you deal with this problem.
Stay present,Prioritize,and develop routines for each day.
I am so glad I read this book.
It helps me cope with my "brain" farts as I call them.
My friends hopefully understand this real problem.
As this book says................
"...If you have chemo brain, then you're in the club like me.
I'm guessing you're not thrilled with membership.
But, here we are.
I'll see you at the meetings. Don't worry about the dues.
We're all paid up."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AnneMarie on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this book when it was first released in 2009. It was then I realized something was very wrong and I was two years post chemotherapy at that point. Three years later, the book still hasn't made it's way to my bookcase. I refer to it frequently. Idelle's knowledge and first hand experience with "chemobrain" (which is not limited solely to those who have had chemotherapy) positions her at the top of the list of those from whom I'd like to take advice. No one really gets it like someone who has been in my shoes!

The book offers invaluable tips for dealing with the cognitive issues so many of us face. In my case, it seems to be worsening and it extends far beyond "word dropping" or things like forgetting where I may have left my keys. It's a complex issue and it's one that is only recently being studied in earnest. The experiences of many are shared throughout the book and in so many cases, I found myself nodding in agreement at what was being shared by others. The book is written in a way that is easy to read (very VERY important when you are dealing with these issues)!!! Even the medical explanations are worded so they are very easily understood. There are practical tips for handling most any situation that may arise and there are plenty of lifestyle (diet, exercise) suggestions that have helped me.

Most importantly, I can't express how much it meant to have my feelings validated. To know I wasn't losing my mind (well, maybe I WAS... but you understand my point??) was one of the most freeing things I have experienced. It helped me incorporate some of the best "work around" solutions into my daily life and it gave me the ability to laugh at some of the things that can still be a problem.
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