Many people receiving cancer treatments notice changes in their thinking and memory abilities. This may be caused by increased stress and anxiety, fatigue, poor sleep, changes in your blood chemistry, medication side effects or hormonal changes. People often report a sense of feeling more disorganized, more easily distracted, more forgetful. They also describe difficulty paying attention to one thing, trouble finding the right word, learning new things or resuming an activity if interrupted.
Most people do not realize right away that their cognition is changing. Often, it is a spouse or loved one that first notices the subtle changes in their usual habits or routines. Household tasks that often become more challenging include meal planning/shopping/preparation, organizing and finishing daily chores, making/keeping appointments, banking/bill paying, and remembering phone calls.
Speech language pathologists can evaluate cognitive changes and develop a personalized treatment plan to help improve thinking, memory and concentration abilities for improved daily living success and independence. Services are available at Agnesian HealthCare at our Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun hospital campuses.