Neuroscience Coaching - Chemo Brain
Chemo Brain -- Neurofeedback for Chemotherapy Side Effects
Definition of Chemo Brain:
Changes in memory, attention, concentration, and abilities to perform various mental tasks after receiving chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
• Forgetting important things like dates,
names, place, or appointments
• Difficulty concentrating, focusing or paying
• Trouble finding the right word for common
• Short attention span
• Mental fogginess or disorientation
• Difficulties with judgment or reasoning
• Impaired math & organizational skills
• Problems performing multiple tasks
• Behavioral and emotional changes, such as
irrational behavior, mood swings,
inappropriate anger or crying
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NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback is a 100% non-invasive, safe method for restoring serenity, confidence and wellness back into your life.
This type of Neurofeedback is not and should not be considered therapy. It is safe, somple andIt is different in that it does not push and pull the brain waves in any one direction. Instead it is information given by way of auditory clicks and skips of music. It is as simple as that. I have personally logged many hours of NeurOptimal® Brain Training sessions and can attest to its ability to transform ones life.
The U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration has approved neurofeedback for relaxation training and the American Pediatric Academy has endorsed neurofeedback as a “Level 1/Best Support” treatment for children with ADHD.
Zengar – The company behind NeurOptimal® neurofeedback.
training since 2008
Chemo Brain or fog brain, side effects of chemotherapy, may be long lasting. Unless it’s happened to you or someone you’re close to, you may not know about those side effects.
The positive effectives of neurofeedback, NeurOptimal®, have been seen in several studies conducted in recent years. Although the “brain-retraining” programs have been around for many years, they have improved in many ways in recent times.
Chemotherapy causes a kind of brain fog according to those undergoing treatment and cancer survivors. Scientists refer to the brain fog as “cognitive impairment”. It can have an effect on brain cells lasting for as long as a year or several yerars after treatment stops. One can rightly say that chemotherapy is a form of brain trauma. Researchers believe that, “Neurofeedback, unlike compensatory strategies currently recommended by the National Cancer Institute and other major cancer centers, has the potential to restore cognitive function.” see symptoms from Mayo clinic
A study tested women who had been treated with chemo for breast cancer. NeurOptimal® neurofeedback, Zengar Institute’s, press release stated that the neurofeedback stabilized the cognitive degradation experienced during chemotherapy. Actually, it reversed the cognitive losses, post chemo.
Colleague Jean Alvarez -- a cancer survivor herself, -- of the Lake Erie Brain Perfornace Institues, Cleveland, who designed and conducted this study, has stated that it may not be just the chemo that causes the side effects. The effects may be caused by the cancer itself or by the body’s response to the cancer. And, because it may not be the chemo causing the cognitive losses, those treated with radiation but not chemotherapy may also benefit.
Read Jean's testimony, click here
In her study, 23 breast cancer survivors participated. They were all over the age of 40; experiencing cognitive losses following chemotherapy – losses such as difficulty with memory, word finding, and multi-tasking. Fatigue, sleep problems, depression and anxiety following chemotherapy are also common.
The amount of time that had passed since their chemotherapy ranged from 6 months to 5 years. Each of the participants received two 33-minute training sessions per week for ten weeks. Neurofeedback is simple and easy but it does require the degree of committment of multiple sessions; 15 to 20 is recognized as a minmum to achieve a higher percentage of brain shifting results. Read abstract of study, click here.
In order to measure the positive effects of neurofeedback on brain trauma and chemo brain or chemo fog brain, the researchers used a variety of inventories and questionnaires.
Chemo Brain Symptoms reported by the participants included:
- memory problems,
- difficulty concentrating,
- trouble making decisions,
- sleep disturbances,
- difficulty solving problems and
- general psychological distress.
Improvements were seen in all of these areas, with the greatest improvement seen in areas related to cognitive function: difficulty concentrating, trouble with making decisions, memory problems and difficulty solving problems.
Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback
"I haven’t worked with nearly as many people with chemo brain as Jean has; but with the clients I have had the results have been terrific – returning the clients to their original levels of functioning. It’s wonderful to know how much neurofeedback can help with this – and with so much else."