- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738213918
- ISBN-13: 978-0738213910
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus 1st Edition
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Idelle Davidson is an award-winning health journalist. She lives in Los Angeles.
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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.
Thank you Dan for all of your hard work with you and your team. I hope you understand how uplifting this is for cancer patients/survivors.
After I spotted the book, "You Brain After Chemo" at the bookstore, I could not believe my good fortune. I called my brother in California and he said, you are now validated and acknowledged for your debilitating issues. There was now a name for my symptoms, and thankfully Silverman and Davidson put chemo brain on the map. Their book brought the fog to life with their scientific explantion of chemo brain, actual stories for people who sufffered with the fog and some very real and practical suggestions for remediating some of the symptoms. When the reader completed the book, he felt assured that the symptoms that he experienced were real, that he was not alone and that there were ways to counteract the fog. Although it was clear that there will be additional information on the topic as time goes on, the real discussions began in Your Brain After Chemo.
Who should read this book? Clearly, every professional who works with patients who go through chemo therapy. First we fight for our life,and with professionals up to date Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focusknowledge on chemo brain we can fight for a better quality of life.
Having had two full doses of chemo in 2003 and 2007, I can attest that 'chemobrain' is a 'fact'. The neuropsychologist who tested me in 2008 and 2009 listed my chemotherapy as one of the factors (besides my two brain surgeries in 1990 and 2001)of my 'cognitive decline'.
Fortunately I've been pretty much following the strategies suggested in the book. A lot of the things mentioned in the book have been discussed in my support group. However, it is really nice to have something easy to read on hand. Had a chuckle at the guideline quoted from American Journal of Medicine (by Dr. Joe Alpert) which put 'inherit good genes' on the top of the list. And how true is the last step of the '9 daily steps you can start today': "Avoid Doctors, Drugs, and Hospitals!" It does come with a qualification: "If you urgently need medical care or if you are in treatment for cancer, the advice does not apply to you."
A wonderful book that will benefit everyone involved in the journey.