Topic: Hard time focusing at work

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Posted on: Jan 19, 2017 08:37AM

Posted on: Jan 19, 2017 08:37AM

thrifty1 wrote:

It's been 2 years since my last treatment and I'm still having a horrible time trying to focus at my job. I failed my last review which is very unusual for me. I swear I think the chemo fried my brain cells?? I find myself having to really focus extremely hard when trying to drive too, mainly in a busy intersection when there is so much to watch out for. Am I alone, or does anyone else still experience focus/concentration issues long term?? Please share your experience with this if you don't mind, so I know this isn't just "in my head" so to speak...

Dx 10/13/2014, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 10/13/2014, IDC, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 10/27/2014 Lumpectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/19/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jan 20, 2017 07:06AM cive wrote:

There is such a thing as chemo brain which affects multitasking abilities in some.  It does go away, but it can also be caused by estrogen suppressants such as tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors.

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Jan 20, 2017 07:38AM pupmom wrote:

Thrifty1, it takes a while, sometimes years, to process a cancer diagnosis. It was about 3 years before I stopped thinking about it every day. I believe we are all victims of Post Traumatic Stress syndrome. It will get better! Hug

Life is what happens while we're making other plans. Dx 10/18/2011, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 31, 2017 06:39PM gardengypsy wrote:

thrifty~ I had a thorough cognitive evaluation by a neuropsychologist at a Boston hospital. I was diagnosed with cognitive impairment due to chemotherapy. My main symptoms involve short term memory, executive functioning, attention and fatigue.

Surgery 12/3/2015 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Chemotherapy 1/8/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 5/23/2016 Hormonal Therapy 5/27/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 6/5/2016 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 2/2021, Other, Stage IV, metastasized to other, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Verzenio

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