Combating Chemobrain: Keeping Your Memory Sharp

Helpful tips, I can use.


I recently ran across this helpful article in Chemotherapy Advisor, and want to share it with you. 

Background: Many people going through cancer treatment notice changes in their memory and thinking abilities. Coping with symptoms of chemobrain involves finding ways to help you remember things better, and doing activities that keep your memory sharp.

Here are some tips for combating chemobrain:

  • Make lists. Carry a pad with you and write down the things you need to do. For example, keep lists of things to buy, errands to run, phone calls to return, and even the times you need to take your medicines. Cross items off as you finish them.
  • Use a portable planner or personal organizer. These can help you stay on top of day-to-day tasks and keep track of appointments and special days like birthdays and anniversaries. Paper and electronic versions are available.
  • Get a wall calendar. For…

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12 thoughts on “Combating Chemobrain: Keeping Your Memory Sharp”

  1. dear Yvonne,

    thank you for sharing these very helpful tips. all of us with chemobrain need re-inforcements and back-up – and these very practical suggestions make good sense to assuage the damage to our memories and organizational skills. Great Post – thank you!

    much love,



  2. Thank you for posting/sharing this VERY helpful article, SeasonedSistah2!

    I recently had a hysterectomy which, among a laundry list of downfalls, has a serious side-effect of messing with my memory (thanks to lack of certain hormones…) My husband gets a kick out of joking about the loss of memory since the surgery, but I take it in stride. I know I’m not as sharp as I used to be. LOL!

    Anyway, this list is right on time! One thing I do that I didn’t see on the list – but mimics sending yourself a voicemail – is that I send myself text messages when I don’t have something at the ready to write with.

    Again, thank you!


    1. Hi, Angela, I am so sorry for the delayed “thank you” due to a break during vacation. Definitely, I will add the “voicemail” tip to my list. It’s is an excellent idea. In several months, I reach the ripe old age of 72 and as the age increases, the memory decreases. This combined with chemo, radiation, partial hysterectomy, long-term chronic pain conditions, etc.; I look for things, like this re-bloged post, that will help to “keep my memory sharp.”

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    1. Believe it or not, Karuna, I pay for Lumosity every month, but discontinued using many months ago. I’ve ignored the daily assignments, which appear in my Email daily. Tomorrow, back to Lumosity.


      1. There still are a group of us using snail mail. I get better response from snail mail cards than email or any other method! Put a beautiful picture on the envelope, as well as a real stamp, and people notice!

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