Chemo Brain

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Chemo Brain

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Finally, My Case of ‘Chemo Brain’ Is Vindicated

The week before chemotherapy began, I sat in a brightly lit exam room with an oncology nurse. She handed me a stack of papers and pulled up a chair.

“So,” she began. “You should read through these to get all the side effects, but some are more common than others.”

I sat through her ten-minute spiel about mouth sores and how they’re so painful that some patients need feeding tubes inserted. Nausea. Partial hearing loss. Peripheral neuropathy. Hair loss, duh. I listened, not bothering to read through the papers, which still felt hot from the printer. Never did she say anything about chemo brain.

I was first diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer, when…

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