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Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus

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Chemotherapy saves lives, but new studies—including research led by coauthor Dr. Dan Silverman—reveal that the agents used to kill cancer cells may also impair normal brain function. Even years after treatment people have reported problems with memory, concentration, multitasking, and word retrieval. Silverman and Idelle Davidson combine cutting-edge science and true stories to demonstrate that “chemo brain” is not a figment of your imagination. With its invaluable strategies and straightforward nine-step ...
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Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus

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Overview


Chemotherapy saves lives, but new studies—including research led by coauthor Dr. Dan Silverman—reveal that the agents used to kill cancer cells may also impair normal brain function. Even years after treatment people have reported problems with memory, concentration, multitasking, and word retrieval. Silverman and Idelle Davidson combine cutting-edge science and true stories to demonstrate that “chemo brain” is not a figment of your imagination. With its invaluable strategies and straightforward nine-step program specifically tailored to re-energizing the brain, Your Brain After Chemo gives patients the coping skills to move on with their lives.
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Grand Rapids Press, 7/17/11
“One of the most valuable and detailed sources of help I’ve seen.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738213910
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 569,008
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Idelle's Story: Have We Met? ix

Part I Talking With Your Oncologist

1 A Vulnerable Time 3

2 Rethinking "Chemo Brain" 8

3 Q and A With Your Doctor 13

Part II Symptoms and Signs

4 I Found My Keys, But I Lost Myself 31

5 Relationships 38

6 Multitasking, Word Retrieval, Memory, and Concentration 44

7 Fatigue and Depression 55

8 Measuring Forgetfulness 61

9 Body of Evidence 71

Part III Molecules Behaving Badly

10 The Healthy Brain 79

11 The Unhealthy Brain 86

12 Hormones-His and Hers 99

Part IV Getting Your Brain Back on Track

13 Depressing Days? 121

14 Sleeping Through Insomnia 134

15 Fatigue, Inattention, and Poor Concentration 143

16 Fear, Stress, and Mindfulness 156

17 Brain Food 172

18 Some Tips for (Re)Organizing Your Day-to-Day Life 191

Part V How to Reclaim Your Brain Chemistry

19 Nine Daily Steps You Can Start Doing Today (But Wait Until Tonight!) 201

20 Summary of the Nine Steps and Worksheet 221

21 Future Directions 225

Authors' Notes 239

Acknowledgments 241

Appendix 247

Generic Drugs and Brand Name Equivalents 255

Notes 257

Index 273

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    Great book. So informative.

    I think all breast cancer patients and doctors need to read this.

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