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Memory loss from radiation therapy for breast cancer

By Anonymous June 13, 2012 - 3:53pm
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Word substitution and scrambled sentences. Memory loss after having breast cancer surgery & six months of radiation treatments in one week via catheter.

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Hello Marion,

I was not aware of that type of radiation. But, since the radiation is delivered through a catheter, it is delivered directly to the breast and I would think should not cause damage to your eyes.

Consult your physician about your vision problems. The cause may not be a side effect of radiation. Either way, you need to have this checked out.

I had radiation treatment for brain cancer and because of exposure to my eyes, I am at risk for developing cataracts. But, our cases are different. Don't hesitate, make an appointment with an ophthalmologist.


June 18, 2012 - 5:00pm

Thank you Maryann,
I already do all the things you mentioned above. I only had radiation therapy. It is a newer radiation therapy in which a balloon catheter is inserted into the breast during the operation. The six weeks of radiation is administered to the breast in one week instead of the normal six weeks of external radiation treatment. It caused a lot of changes in such a short time. My vision was also affected. It has been 11 months and the problems are getting worse.

June 15, 2012 - 5:14pm

Hello Anonymous,
Some types of breast cancer treatment can cause memory loss.
Did you have chemotherapy? You mention "in one week via catheter".

Chemotherapy, particularly the administration of the drug, lxempra, is associated with memory loss. The condition is sometimes called "chemo brain" or "chemo fog".

Radiation therapy can cause memory loss.

Here are a few tips to help manage memory loss:
1) exercise your brain by keeping mentally active. Do word puzzles, read and try math puzzles, like Sudoku
2) keep a note pad nearby to jot down things you have to do
3) use a calendar to keep track of upcoming events, bill paying or appointments
4) jot down items for a shopping list as soon as you run out of that item
5) establish a routine and stick to it


June 13, 2012 - 4:33pm
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