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Memory Training Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors

Diane Von Ah at Indiana University School of Nursing
Study abstract

Memory deficits are a prevalent, bothersome, and potentially debilitating symptom for millions of breast cancer survivors (BCS). Empirically based treatment is difficult because there has been little intervention research in this area. Although memory training interventions have resulted in significant and long-lasting improvements in memory for elderly persons without cancer, these
interventions remain untested in persons with cancer. It is important that the efficacy of memory training interventions be formally tested in BCS rather than assumed. Thus, this pilot study examines the acceptability, usefulness, and preliminary efficacy of the memory training intervention from the Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) trial, the largest controlled trial of cognitive interventions in the behavioral sciences. The memory training intervention will be compared to attention control group and no-contact control groups.

Study review

This study at Indiana University School of Nursing is comparing two different types of memory training programs to see if one or both of the programs might be effective in breast cancer survivors. The researchers were looking to enroll at least 108 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on October 27, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on February 18, 2011, after the Army of Women provided them with 27 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

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