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Cognitive Enhancement Program Study

Shelli Kesler, PhD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Study abstract

This study will extend upon the previous work by the research team by enhancing cognitive training with stress management and compensatory strategies adapted from traditional cognitive-behavioral rehabilitation therapy for practical, home based implementation. The research team will also compare Lumosity (which is associated with a fee) to an alternate cognitive training method known as Active Journaling. This study aims to improve cognition of women who have had breast cancer and exhibit cognitive decline through a cognitive enhancement program. The research team will be enrolling 130 women, age 21 and older who have been chemotherapy-free for at least 12 months and had a breast cancer diagnosis.

Study review

Researchers at Stanford University are investigating whether brain-training exercises can improve brain functioning in breast cancer survivors who were treated with chemotherapy and are having problems with memory, concentration, multitasking, and other similar skills. They turned to the Army of Women (AOW) to enroll up to 130 volunteers who lived near Stanford, in Palo Alto, Calif. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on May 28, 2014. The researchers closed enrollment on July 2, 2014, after the AOW provided them with 167 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.