How can chemotherapy affect my memory and cognitive function?

During chemotherapy treatments for cancer, acute onset cognitive changes may occur suddenly and come and go with no real pattern. Delirium is the term used to describe these cognitive changes. Certain medications and chemotherapy treatments can cause delirium.

Symptoms of delirium may include:
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Reduced level of consciousness or seeming "out of it"
  • Not understanding what is going on around you
  • Unusual sleep patterns, such as awake at night and asleep during the
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Loud, aggressive behavior
  • Hallucinations or seeing things that are not really there
  • Disorientation -- not knowing where you are
  • Quiet, inactive behavior, including sedation or confusion

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