One of the recent studies on chemo fog found certain brain regions involved in cognitive and attentional processing to actually shrink in size over the course of treatment. During chemotherapy, we often find the following symptoms: fatigue, irritability, anxiety and depression, mood swings, insomnia, and pain syndromes. With Neurofeedback, we are able to address these issues. In fact, the person is likely to experience a kind of “toughening up” that can be helpful in enduring the procedures associated with chemotherapy and radiation.
The problem of “chemo fog” may be particularly severe in the case of breast cancer, apparently due to possible influences on hormonal regulation. For these cases, we can draw on analogies from our work with PMS and menopausal symptoms. Finally, there is the observation that cognitive processing in affected individuals is accompanied by higher metabolism than in unaffected individuals. These brains are functioning, but they are working harder to accomplish the same task. It should not come as a surprise that Neurofeedback training will help. The frequent report of trainees is that things just get easier in their lives.