Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'


America's Winter Escapes Sweepstakes
Introducing RealPad by AARP
You and Your Town Contest-You could win an AARP RealPad


AARP Auto Buying Program

Download the ipad App



Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

Contests and

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 


AARP Games - Play Now!


Planning for Long-Term Care for Dummies

Get expert advice on planning for your own or a relative’s future care needs.


Learn From the Experts

Sign up now for an upcoming webinar or find materials from a past session.

Learning centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.



Heart Disease


Most Popular


share your thoughts

What does the health care law mean to you? Your story is important. We read and learn from every story and it helps us in our educational efforts. We may even use your comments (with permission) to brief legislators, inspire readers and more. Please share your story with us. Do

What to Know About 'Chemobrain'

Feeling like you're missing a few marbles since chemotherapy? It may be more than just your imagination.

"Chemobrain," or "chemofog," is reported by a majority of people who receive cancer treatment, but it often goes unrecognized and untreated.

A legitimate, diagnosable condition that is usually covered by health insurance, "chemobrain" is known medically as cognitive dysfunction. That means "difficulty processing information," and it may be caused by cancer, cancer treatment or secondary medical conditions, such as anemia.

Christina Meyers, chief of neuropsychology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, says you might be experiencing chemobrain if you have the following symptoms:

  • Have difficulty multitasking
  • Confuse dates and appointments
  • Misplace objects
  • Forget details of recent events or conversations
  • Fumble for the right word or phrase
  • Have difficulty focusing on one task
  • Feel mentally "slower" than before

After her cancer treatment for stage 4 lymphoma, it didn't take Becky Morris long to realize her brain didn't function the same as it had previously.

"It took me a while to truly understand what 'chemobrain' meant," she said. "I remember during chemo it felt as if brain cells were exploding, but I didn't consider that it really was happening."

Fatigue, pain, sleep disturbance and depression can make chemobrain worse. But professional guidance and certain tools, including the following, can help you cope:

Discuss the problem with your health care practitioner.

Printed with permission from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center © 2010. 

Medical Disclaimer for

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Reading eyeglasses eyemed 6 membership benefit health

Members save 25% on orders of $200 or more and get 25% off lens upgrades at

AARP/Walgreens Wellness Bus Stops in Clarksdale, MS

Members can get exclusive points offers from Walgreens and Duane Reade.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points