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Can radiation therapy cause memory loss

By Anonymous October 12, 2016 - 7:28am
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I had radiation therapy for 7 weeks after having breast surgery 10 years ago. I was also on Tamoxifen for five years. Can these thing contribute to memory loss?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community with your question.

According to BreastCancer.org, radiation therapy and certain medications, including Tamoxifen, can contribute to memory loss among breast cancer patients.

The following tips to help stimulate your memory:

Exercise your brain by keeping mentally active with word puzzles, reading, and any other activity that makes you think.

Keep a note pad nearby to jot down things you have to do and ideas you have.
Use a calendar to keep track of upcoming events and appointments.

Take a buddy with you to doctor appointments. Another set of ears can help you remember as much information as possible.

Build a routine and stick to it so you have a familiar plan of action to do things in a step-by-step manner. Tell your family and friends about your routine for additional support.

Admit you’re forgetful if you can’t remember someone’s name; there’s no need to be embarrassed.

Anonymous, I am a breast cancer survivor who had chemotherapy following surgery and am in year three of taking Anastrozole, one of the drugs linked to memory loss. I have used all the above tips, and they work:)


October 12, 2016 - 8:21am
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