Study to Understand Changes in Thinking in Breast Cancer Patients

Tim Ahles, PhD, and James Root, PhD, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Breast cancer treatments may have an impact on how the brain processes information and emotions as well as on a person’s attention span and behavior. To better understand and measure these changes, researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center developed a new thinking test called the Sensory-Attention-Executive (SAE) Battery. The research team needs women who have not had cancer to participate in a study that will evaluate whether these tests accurately capture how the brain may change over time.

What does participation involve?

Study participants will complete a total of four, two-hour visits over the two-year study. After your first visit, you will be asked to come in:

  • Between months 4 – 6 for your second visit
  • Between months 16 – 18 for your third visit
  • Between months 28 – 30 for your final visit

During these visits, you will be asked to take tests designed to evaluate the sensory and attention-based processes of learning. You will complete:

  • Reading, word association, memory, and attention tests. These tests will involve paper-and- pencil measures.
  • Online or pen and paper questionnaires. You may complete the questionnaires before your study visit to reduce the length of your in-person visit.
  • Computer-based eye-movement, attention, paired clicks, stop-signal tests. These tests will involve wearing an EEG cap to measure brain activity.

Participants will receive compensation for their time for each study visit.

New York, NY