Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
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I just turned 60. I am a long-term multiple myeloma survivor working to heal the multiple myeloma side effect called chemo brain aka chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment. My short term memory, facial recognition, attention and other basic “executive function” processes are slower than I would like.
The challenge is that I can’t be sure what is chemo brain and what is normal for my aging brain.
Chemo brain is a well-documented side effect of chemotherapy, an autologous stem cell transplant, in particular.
My plan of attack is both physical and mental.
I take Omega 3 Fatty Acids for many reasons. The study linked and excerpted below is the main reason for taking fish oil daily. According to this study, fish oil will slow my cognitive decline and may even help heal my chemobrain.
In addition to omega-3 fatty acids, I also supplement with acetyl-l- carnitine and curcumin, play brain games and exercise moderately daily.
My mental therapy is/are brain games. BrainHQ sends brain games into my email inbox each day. I spend about 15 minutes each day playing games. And my memory, facial recognition, executive function- all are improving! My chemo brain is healing.
I am both a long-term cancer survivor and cancer coach. My experience and research has taught me that evidence-based non-conventional therapies like fish oil and brain games have more impact than conventional therapies like chemotherapy and radiation.
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“Hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) plays a central role in the treatment of hematologic cancers. With the increasing survival of patients after HSCT, survivorship issues experienced by this population have become an important outcome.
Cognitive impairment (chemo brain) is an established sequela of HSCT, with studies to date establishing its presence, associated risk factors, and clinical phenotype. There are multiple potential contributors to cognitive impairment post-HSCT. Efforts are ongoing to further characterize its clinical phenotype, associated biomarkers, and biologic underpinnings. A fundamental knowledge of post-HSCT cognitive impairment is of value for all clinicians that interface with this population, and further academic efforts are needed to more fully understand the impact of this cancer treatment on brain health…”
“The aim of the present study was to investigate the benefits of supplementing a diet with n-3 PUFA, DHA and EPA, for depressive symptoms, quality of life (QOL) and cognition in elderly people with MCI.
Increased intakes of DHA and EPA benefited mental health in older people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Increasing n-3 PUFA intakes may reduce depressive symptoms and the risk of progressing to dementia…”
“Dozens of studies have measured how exercises in BrainHQ drive benefits that “generalize” to skills beyond what is directly trained; for example, the IMPACT Study showed that training auditory processing with BrainHQ also improved working memory…” (and my chemo brain)
” In conclusion, chronic ALCAR supplementation decreased glucose metabolism to lactate, resulted in increased energy metabolite and altered monoamine neurotransmitter levels in the mouse brain…”
“The new study — recently published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry — provides further evidence that curcumin can protect the brain…”
“Exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means. The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells…”
“Choline is an essential nutrient; that is, together with essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, it must be obtained from the diet to maintain health . Because choline is present in many foods, a variety of diets can satisfy the need for this nutrient…
Adequate Intake (AI) recommendations, issued by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, call for an average daily intake of 7.5 mg of choline per kg of body weight, but are higher during pregnancy and lactation , given the needs of the fetus and nursing baby…
Conclusions- High choline intake during gestation and the early postnatal period has been shown to enhance cognitive performance in childhood, adulthood and into old age in multiple animal models and in some human studies.
Moreover, choline is neuroprotective in a variety of experimental models of neuronal damage. Choline intake in adulthood may also be critical for normal cognitive function in people…
Taken together, the available evidence strongly supports the notion that adequate choline intake during pregnancy, and throughout life, is an important determinant of brain development, cognitive performance in the adult, and resistance to cognitive decline associated with aging and neurodegenerative disease.”