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Abstract image of wisps of orange, black, and pink coming together in a tangle in a confused center, on a pale background shows what chemo brain looks like to David Trick, who is undergoing chemotherapy for stage IV colorectal cancer.

Shedding Light on Chemo Brain

Like any medical therapy, there are potential side effects, some of which are almost universal, such as gastrointestinal issues, hair loss, or fatigue. But many patients also experience a constellation of symptoms that affect memory, resulting in a kind of mental fogginess. These symptoms, which include difficulties with concentration, multi-tasking, name recall, and word retrieval,…

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