AOW needs volunteers: Test a program to improve concentration and memory skills UCLA

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Test a program to improve concentration and memory skills

Who is conducting the study?

Patricia Ganz, MD, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Linca Ercoli, PhD, Steven Castellon, PhD, and Andrew Leuchter, MD, UCLA Semel Institute

Description from the Army of Women site

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a rehabilitation group intervention program for breast cancer survivors who are experiencing memory loss and concentration problems associated with cancer treatments. About 60 women will take part in the study.

If you sign up for the Breast Cancer Cognitive Rehabilitation Study, you will be contacted by the research team to confirm that you are eligible for the study. If you choose to participate in the study, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Go to UCLA for an initial baseline visit that will last about three hours.
  • Go to UCLA once a week for a 5-week group intervention program. These visits will last 2 hours each.
  • Go to UCLA for follow-up study visits a week or two after the group intervention ends, and again 2 months later. These visits will take approximately 2.5 hours each.
  • Complete a survey questionnaire at your home before your baseline and follow-up visits

WHO can participate?

 You can sign up for the Breast Cancer Cognitive Rehabilitation Study if you meet ALL of these MAIN criteria:
  • You are a woman between the ages of 21-65.
  • You have been diagnosed with Stage I, II, or III breast cancer.
  • You were diagnosed with breast cancer between 18 months and 5 years ago.
  • You have completed your primary treatments (surgery and, if needed, radiation and/or chemotherapy), and are currently disease free (it is OK if you are on an endocrine therapy, such as tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor).
  • You do not have a personal history of any other cancer besides breast cancer.
  • You are experiencing cognitive problems (for example, memory loss and concentration problems) that interfere with your everyday activities.
  • You are able to read and write English.
  • You live in the Los Angeles area and are willing and able to drive to UCLA to attend the 5 weekly group sessions and participate in a pre-visit and two follow-up visits.

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