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'Chemo brain' among topics at breast cancer conference in Portland

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Gretchen Bertman, local cancer survivor Gretchen Bertman, local cancer survivor
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Dealing with cancer already takes a physical and emotional toll on a patient and that person's family.

Experts say a condition known as "chemo brain" often makes it even more difficult.

It's estimated that half of all patients undergoing chemotherapy experience some form of chemo brain.

It can cause short-term memory loss and make it hard to concentrate. Patients describe it as their thoughts becoming foggy or fuzzy.

"I think the most noticeable thing at first is you can tell me your name and not even five minutes will pass and I won't remember it," said Gretchen Bertman, a local cancer survivor.

The condition will be one of the topics at Komen's Breast Cancer Issues Conference Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center. The event will provide information for breast cancer patients, survivors and families.

Online registration is closed, but you can register in person at the convention center's Portland Ballroom between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday.

For more details, go to komenoregon.org.

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