This is a risk of the chemotherapy drug Adriamycin and a possible side effect of the targeted drug therapy drugs Idarubicin, Doxorubicin, Daunorubicin. If you are on one of these targeted therapy regimens, your care team will monitor your heart using echocardiograms (heart ultrasound) as needed.
Cognitive changes (“chemo brain”)
Many people who receive chemotherapy report a slight decrease in some cognitive abilities. They may have problems with concentration, processing, and memory, which can last after treatment ends.
Ongoing research studies are working to understand possible causes of, treatments for, and prevention of chemo brain. Ways to manage the condition include:
- Memory aids: Use an online or paper planner to keep track of appointments, tasks, contact information, and other important details.
- Exercise: Get 30 minutes per day or 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise during chemotherapy treatment and recovery.
- Rest: Get a full night’s sleep and seek help for any insomnia.
Chemotherapy and anti-nausea medications can both cause vision changes, a rare side effect. The condition is temporary, so you won’t need a new contact lens or glasses prescription. Symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Red, itchy, or dry eyes
- Watery eyes
Published June 2019
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