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Cognitive Rehabilitation Group Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors

This study has been completed.
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: February 16, 2012
Last updated: April 8, 2015
Last verified: April 2015
There are over 2 million breast cancer survivors in the US today. Along with extended survival, many women experience short and long-term after effects of treatment, which may decrease their quality of life and contribute to other health problems. Cognitive complaints---difficulties with memory, concentration, and planning—are commonly reported after adjuvant treatments for breast cancer. This study is designed to test the efficacy of a 5 week group-based cognitive rehabilitation intervention on improving cognitive complaints and test performance, in comparison to women who will receive the same intervention at a later time (wait-list control). Women will also have an EEG test performed before and after the intervention program to see if improvements in cognitive complaints and performance can be documented by examining the EEG.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer Behavioral: Improving Cognition with group intervention Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Cognitive Rehabilitation Group Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors

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Further study details as provided by Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Cognitive function measured by neuropsychological assessment 2 months after group intervention [ Time Frame: 2 months ]

Enrollment: 48
Study Start Date: April 2012
Study Completion Date: September 2013
Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Group Intervention program Behavioral: Improving Cognition with group intervention
Participants attend 5 weekly group sessions that are 2 hours each, delivered by a trained therapist. Sessions focus on specific aspects of attention, memory, multi-tasking and encoding. Homework assignments are practiced between classes. Goals are set for improved functioning.
No Intervention: Wait-list control group
The wait-list-control group will also be able to participate in the group intervention, but not until after all the study visits have been completed.

Detailed Description:
Previous pilot work (non-randomized, pre-post design) has shown that this intervention was effective in improving post-intervention cognitive complaints and neuropsychological (NP) test performance. Because practice effects may influence NP performance, it is important to compare the intervention participants to women who are not exposed to the intervention. Thus, this randomized controlled trial will compare the active intervention to a control group of patients who will receive the intervention at a delayed time point. The primary outcomes are improvements in cognitive complaints and NP test performance 2 months after completion of the intervention program. Quantitative EEG (QEEG) measurements will be used as a secondary exploratory endpoint to see if this may be an effective biomarker of cognitive performance.

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 21-65 years
  • stage I, II, III breast cancer diagnosis within the past 18 months to 5 years
  • currently disease free, but may be on endocrine therapy
  • with evidence of need of cognitive therapeutic intervention, as demonstrated by mild or greater cognitive deficiencies on an objective screening measure
  • reads and writes English
  • able to give informed consent
  • willing and able to attend 5 weekly group sessions and participate in pre and post-evaluation that will take place on the UCLA campus

Exclusion Criteria:

  • evidence of uncontrolled depression
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01540955

United States, California
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
Sponsors and Collaborators
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Principal Investigator: Patricia Ganz, M.D. Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Identifier: NCT01540955     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-003446
JCCCID256 ( Other Identifier: Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center )
Study First Received: February 16, 2012
Last Updated: April 8, 2015

Keywords provided by Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center:
Reduce Cognitive Complaints
improve cognitive function
post-treatment breast cancer patients

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
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