Coping with changes

Not everyone with a brain tumour will have these changes. They may be due to the effects of the tumour or to the treatment you’ve had. They can improve over time as the brain heals but can sometimes be permanent. Your doctor will explain more about this.

Sticking to a daily routine and getting enough sleep will help. Using calendars, personal organisers, pill boxes, checklists and alarms can help with memory problems. If you’re having difficulty thinking clearly or making decisions, you may be able to have therapy to help with this. This is called cognitive retraining.

Some drug side effects and feeling tired, anxious or depressed can make these kinds of problems worse. If you or people close to you are finding this difficult to cope with, ask to see a neuropsychologist or psychiatrist. After they assess the problems you’re having, they can teach you ways of improving or coping with them.

If you think you may be depressed, or are feeling very anxious, talk to your specialist doctor or nurse. There are a lot of things that can be done to help. They can refer you to a psychologist or counsellor for help.

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