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Chemo-Brain- Almost Half of Myeloma Patients

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49 percent experienced worse cog­ni­tive function (chemo-brain) after trans­planta­tion compared to before trans­planta­tion.

According to the NCI, in 2015 there were an estimated 124,733 people living with multiple myeloma in the United States. According to the Myeloma Beacon article linked and excerpted below, almost half of those MM survivors are living with some degree of cognitive dysfunction aka chemo-brain.


After careful reading, you can see the article below focusing on several central issues to our lives as MMers. These issues are central to what newly diagnosed MMers  must consider before undergoing induction therapy and again if he/she is considering an autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT).

Newly diagnosed MMers can take the info below into account when considering your therapy plan.

The central issues for brain health for newly diagnosed MMers are:

  • The more chemotherapy a MMer undergoes, the worse the chemo-brain- from how many cycles of induction therapy to whether or not you have high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell rescue.
  • The older the patient the more likely he/she is to develop chemo-brain
  • Chemo-brain is not a zero-sum side effect- it is not “you have it or you don’t-” 75% of patients suffer from some form of chemo-brain after toxic therapies-

The take-away for the article is 1) can newly diagnosed MMer prevent chemo-brain and 2) can MMers heal our chemo-brain? I believe in those integrative therapies shown to reduce chemo toxicity. Further, I follow chemo-brain healing regimen daily, weekly and monthly. 

I have lived with multiple myeloma since my original diagnosis in 1994. I have lived in complete remission since April of 1999. If you would like to learn more about healing your chemo-brain and/or managing your multiple myeloma, scroll down the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply ASAP.

Please watch the video below to learn more about the evidence-based, integrative therapies to combat treatment side effects and enhance your chemotherapy.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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“Chemo Brain” May Affect Half Of Myeloma Patients After Initial Therapy, And Is Worsened By Stem Cell Transplantation

Results from a recent study indicate that many myeloma patients are like­ly to suffer im­paired cog­ni­tive func­tion after their initial multiple mye­lo­ma therapy, and stem cell trans­planta­tion often causes further im­pairment.

Nearly half of the patients in the study had cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment, often referred to as ‘chemo-brain,’ after receiving initial anti-myeloma therapy.  Half of the patients experienced further im­pair­ment of cog­ni­tive function at one month and again at three months following autologous (own) stem cell trans­planta­tion.

The study authors explain that the most common signs of cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment were problems with learn­ing, memory, and coordination.

In addition, they note that older patients, minorities, those with more advanced disease, more induction cycles, or impaired cog­ni­tive function following induction therapy were at greater risk for further cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment following stem cell trans­planta­tion...

Based on their results, the investigators suggest that patients who undergo autologous stem cell trans­planta­tion, particularly those who expect to resume work that involves high cog­ni­tive demand, be made aware of the risk of cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment following trans­planta­tion and offered counseling or support…


Following induction therapy and prior to autologous stem cell trans­planta­tion, 47 percent of the patients al­ready showed signs of cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment, with learning/​memory and executive function being the most com­pro­mised. Executive function refers to the ability to plan, organize, strategize, execute, and manage time.

In particular, older patients were found to be more likely to have psycho­motor speed issues. Psycho­motor function refers to simple actions that involve communication between the brain and other body parts, such as throwing a ball or driving a car…

Of the 41 patients who were available to be assessed one month following trans­planta­tion, 49 percent experienced worse cog­ni­tive function after trans­planta­tion compared to before trans­planta­tion. Specifically, 20 percent of patients declined on one, 10 percent on two, and 20 percent on three measures of cog­ni­tive function.

The investigators note that the most common cog­ni­tive issues a month after trans­planta­tion were learning/​memory problems (22 percent to 29 percent of the patients) and motor function (15 percent of the patients).

Of the 29 patients who were available to be assessed three months following trans­planta­tion, 48 percent showed cog­ni­tive decline compared to their cog­ni­tive function one month after trans­planta­tion. Specifically, 31 percent of the patients declined on one, 14 percent on two, and 4 percent on three measures of cog­ni­tive function.

Similar to the previous two assessments, learning/memory problems (18 percent of the patients) and psy­chomotor speed (21 percent of the patients) were the most commonly affected functions.

Age, education, disease stage, number of induction cycles, and cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment prior to stem cell trans­planta­tion were all associated with impaired cog­ni­tive function three months after trans­planta­tion.

The researchers note that only 25 percent of patients displayed stable or improving performance on all cog­ni­tive measures throughout the study.

For more information, please refer to the study in the journal Cancer (abstract).”



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Charles Wallace says 4 years ago

I have had prostate cancer and now have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma.. My memory is almost gone. I have been treated for cancer for since 2011. I’m looking for any help I can find to help me with this ongoing chemo-brain. Thanks for any help.

Charles. dr_wall10@yahoo.com

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David Emerson says 5 years ago

Hi Djavan- Several things. I follow several therapies I believe keep me in remission from my cancer that also has been shown to help brain function. Examples would be curcumin, resveratrol, omega 3, Acetyl-L-Carnitine. Further, several foods have also been shown to enhance brain function- any foods that supply omega 3,6,9’s such as fish oil of course but also nuts- cashews, even plain old peanuts. Caffeine also helps brain function.

The therapy that I think helped me improve my cerebral dysfunction the most, however, were brain games/brain training specifically with Posit Science. Not overnight healing but specific games for facial recognition, memory (lists…), sounds, rhythm, etc. all make a difference.

My point with all the above is that I’ve been managing my health for years now. Chemobrain was a priority but one side effect in the mix. I am saying that my efforts were steady, daily for a long time but shown to enhance my overall health, not just my brain function.

David Emerson

Djavan Harris says 5 years ago


What are some ways of easing, even eliminating chemo brain? Thanks

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