mary colleen Posted December 3, 2006 Share Posted December 3, 2006 Around 3 months prior to my husband's diagnosis (around 10/1/06), I began to notice that he seemed to be developing an odd level of difficulty coming up with common words - usually ordinary nouns - in conversation. I was not yet aware at that time that he had cancer, and he had not begun any treatment yet. The issue was prominent enough that I wondered privately if he might be having some kind of early onset dementia symptoms. I guess I tended to think along those lines simply because my Mom had recently passed after a several year journey through her own dementia, and I had been immersed in that world with her for many years. It was just what I knew, so it's what I thought of. My husband did have a brain scan after diagnosis and prior to his surgery; it was "clear." He had been experiencing declining energy, weight loss, and repeated respiratory infections for 2 years when I began to notice the word problem, and I had a sense (correctly or incorrectly)that it was all associated. I myself am 47, and understand the typcial middle aged phenomenon of not knowing where my keys are, but this seems to me to be different from that. Now that he is diagnosed and in chemo, it seems to be getting worse. I know that there is a "chemo fog" syndrome that many experience, so I assume that is exacerbating the problem. Others don't seem to notice the problem, but I think that is because I am alone with him for many hours a week, and no one else is. I no longer fill in the words for him automatically, because it is so frequent that I don't want to embarass him. As I said earlier, it is usually nouns that he flounders for - the name of our cat, an object word, the name of the city 40 miles away where our daughter lives at college, etc. Question: has anyone else experienced this type of issue? Is there anything about just having LC that impacts mental or verbal processes? In spite of the negative brain scan, I do have worries that this could be a symptom of brain mets. Sorry for the length here! All info appreciated - Thanks Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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