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Computerized Cognitive Training for Childhood Cancer Survivors

This study has been terminated.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University Identifier:
First received: February 27, 2008
Last updated: May 31, 2013
Last verified: May 2013

Specific Aim 1: To assess the feasibility and acceptability of a home-based, computerized attention training program with survivors of central nervous system (CNS) impacting pediatric cancer (e.g. acute lymphocyte leukemia [ALL], brain tumors).

Specific Aim 2: To estimate the effect size of this attention training program with survivors of childhood cancer to determine whether a larger-scale clinical trial is warranted.

Condition Intervention
Primary Brain Tumor
Behavioral: Captain's Log Computer Program

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Computerized Cognitive Training for Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study

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Further study details as provided by Duke University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Computer program results [ Time Frame: baseline and study completion ]

Enrollment: 9
Study Start Date: June 2007
Study Completion Date: October 2010
Primary Completion Date: October 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Participate in 12 week computer program.
Behavioral: Captain's Log Computer Program
12 Computer Program

Detailed Description:

Pediatric patients meeting initial eligibility criteria will be identified through the databases for each clinic (n = approximately 50 survivors in each clinic). A letter explaining the purpose of the study will then be sent to the parents of these patients. Interested parents will be invited to contact study personnel by phone or email for a thorough review of the study and to schedule a screening appointment.

After obtaining written informed consent and assent (from parents and child, respectively), screening procedures will include administration of an abbreviated intellectual test battery, two working memory tasks, and a computerized attention measure to the survivor. Parents will complete questionnaire measures regarding their child's adaptive, behavioral, emotional, and attentional functioning; follow-up interviewing will be conducted to clarify any potential problems identified on the questionnaires. The entire screening procedure is estimated to take approximately 60 minutes for the survivor and 30-45 minutes for parents. To maximize efficiency, a research assistant will complete testing with the child and a psychologist will explain the questionnaire measures to the parent and conduct any follow-up interviewing.


Ages Eligible for Study:   9 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. A T-score greater than the 75th percentile on either the Cognitive Problems/Inattention or the DSM-IV Inattention subscales of the Conners' Parent Rating Scale
  2. One or more standard deviations below the mean on the Working Memory Index of the WISC-IV or a Working Memory Index that is one or more standard deviations below the participant's estimated IQ.

These criteria are based on the eligibility criteria used in the largest trial to date of psychostimulant methylphenidate (MPH; commonly known as Ritalin) with survivors of childhood cancer.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Estimated IQ ≤ 70
  2. Motor, visual, or auditory handicap that prevents computer use
  3. A diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), depression, autism, or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)
  4. Insufficient fluency in English.

Participants who are currently taking stimulant medications (stable dose for at least 30 days) for attentional difficulties, but who meet inclusion criteria will be allowed to participate.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00629395

United States, North Carolina
Duke University Health Systems
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
Principal Investigator: Kristi Hardy, PhD Duke University Health System
  More Information

Responsible Party: Duke University Identifier: NCT00629395     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00001502
Study First Received: February 27, 2008
Last Updated: May 31, 2013

Keywords provided by Duke University:
brain tumor

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on April 26, 2017