It is very common, men with advanced prostate cancer find that they are subject to confusion and memory loss; they experience a general dumbing down of their brain facilities. The most common culprits causing this are hormone therapy (ADT) and chemotherapy treatments.
At this time we don’t have any great magic bullets to treat this problem. Sadly, there remains many doctors who don’t feel that chemo-brain really exists. But, I can tell you it does.
On my first round of ADT I found that I often forgot where I was going and why I was going there. I would have to call my wife and ask her where and why I was on the subway. I even found that I would have to describe what I saw so she could re-orient me so I could continue my trip. Reading became difficult. I could not remember what I had read and who the characters were from one reading session to the next.
What I did find was that it is possible to cope with these symptoms. Doing this involved finding ways to jog the memory and doing activities that keep your memory sharp.
I found that it helped if I made lists. I always carried a pad and wrote everything down on it. I kept lists of things to buy, errands to run, phone calls to make and instructions on how to get to my appointments. To fight the confusion I always crossed out items as they were co