chemo brain

noun

: impaired cognition (such as memory loss or lack of concentration) that has been observed in patients who have received chemotherapy

Examples of chemo brain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And luckily chemo brain is almost always temporary: patients' mental processing generally returns to normal within a year or two after chemotherapy treatment ends. Lisa Raffensperger, Discover Magazine, 28 Dec. 2012 Among the many unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy treatment, researchers have just confirmed another: chemo brain. Lisa Raffensperger, Discover Magazine, 28 Dec. 2012 There are many side effects associated with chemo brain but some of them are confusion, difficulty concentrating and short-term memory problems. Madison Smalstig, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Sep. 2022 One area where her chemo brain has not affected her is in her research. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, 4 Sep. 2020 People with chemo brain often complain of a mix of impairments across several domains. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, 16 June 2018 That problem is evident in the wide-ranging estimates of how many patients are affected by chemo brain. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, 16 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition

chemo brain

noun
: impaired cognition (such as memory loss or lack of concentration) that has been observed in patients who have received chemotherapy
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