Emerging from the Haze ("Chemobrain" Rehabilitation Program)
Patients with cancer may notice problems with memory, concentration, word-finding, or multi-tasking. 75% of cancer patients experience cognitive impairment during treatment; up to 35% of these patients continue to experience problems months or years after treatment.
The term "chemobrain" is often used to describe a wide variety of mental changes noticed during and after cancer treatment. "Chemobrain" has its limitations because many factors other than chemotherapy may impact cognition including medications, anxiety, depression, fatigue, chronic stress, insomnia, nutritional factors, and hormonal changes.
Emerging from the Haze™ was created in collaboration with the Neuropsychology Service to help empower cancer patients and survivors to take a proactive approach to combating this problem. Prior to enrollment, each patient receives a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to determine a personal profile and assess for cognitive problems.
Emerging from the Haze is a 6 week psycho-educational series to help cancer patients cope with the symptoms of 'chemobrain'.
Topics covered in the program include:
- Attention, memory, and problem-solving strategies
- Sleep, exercise, and nutrition for optimal brain function
- Relaxation and stress management techniques
- Mood management