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Meditation and Cognitive Function in Women With Breast Cancer

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: November 7, 2007
Last updated: September 30, 2016
Last verified: September 2016
The goal of this behavioral research study is to learn if participating in a Tibetan meditation program helps to improve quality of life for women after chemotherapy and during recovery from breast cancer. Whether the meditation program helps to improve brain function and sleep quality will also be studied.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer Behavioral: Tibetan Meditation Program Behavioral: No Meditation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Feasibility Study of Meditation, Cognitive Function, and Quality of Life in Women With Breast Cancer

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Eligible Women Approached Who Consented to be in Trial (Feasibility) [ Time Frame: 2 Years ]
  • Women's Reported Satisfaction with Tibetan Meditation intervention [ Time Frame: 2 Years ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: October 2007
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Tibetan Meditation Behavioral: Tibetan Meditation Program
12 sessions of Tibetan meditation (2 times a week), over a 6-week period. Each class will last about 60 minutes.
No Meditation Behavioral: No Meditation
No meditation; usual care.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Women with stage I - III breast cancer who have undergone chemotherapy (either neoadjuvant or adjuvant) 6 - 60 months prior to recruitment.
  2. Women who report cognitive impairment since starting chemotherapy as assessed by four questions from the FACT-Cog.
  3. Women must be 18 years or older.
  4. Women must be able to read, write and speak English.
  5. Women must be currently undergoing hormone therapy (e.g., Tamoxifen or AIs)
  6. Willing to come to MDACC for the meditation sessions and assessment sessions.
  7. Women must be within 2 hours driving distance of MDACC.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Women who have a documented diagnosis of a formal thought disorder (e.g., schizophrenia) will be excluded from the study.
  2. Women with metastatic disease to the brain or any past neurologic injury.
  3. Women with a Mini-Mental State Examination score of 23 or below.
  4. Women with recurrent cancer
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00556218

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Lorenzo Cohen, PhD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00556218     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007-0311
Study First Received: November 7, 2007
Last Updated: September 30, 2016

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Breast Cancer
Tibetan Meditation
Quality of Life
Cognitive Function

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases processed this record on June 22, 2017