When late effects turn up months, even years after your treatment for cancer is over it can be a frightening time. Where do you go for help? How do you know it's a 'late effect'? And what even are they?
What is chemo brain for me? There was one occasion when a friend told me about an awful family situation that she was going through. The next day I had absolutely no recollection of the conversation. Nothing, nada, the whole conversation just erased from my mind.
I saw the world through different eyes in the years immediately following my all clear. On reflection, being confronted by my own mortality would naturally have had some impact, but I never would have anticipated the scale or my reaction to it.
'It wasn’t until I developed ‘clumpy feet’ that I learnt this could be a long-term side effect of treatment. The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) state that chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a common and often under-recognised symptom,” said Dr Merry-Jennifer Markham.'