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Brain Health After Breast Cancer Treatment

Shelli Kesler, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

We need women with a history of breast cancer who have completed chemotherapy treatment at least 1 month ago and healthy women to help researchers gain a better understanding of the effects of chemotherapy on the brain. The research team is looking for volunteers age 35 to 68.  

The effects that cancer and its treatments have on brain health are not well understood. To address this problem, researchers at the University of Texas in Austin are examining brain function with computerized tests and brain activity scans, all done remotely via videoconferencing to comply with social distancing guidelines.  

The purpose of this study is to evaluate brain function associated with breast cancer chemotherapy. Information about brain function from healthy women is needed for comparison with women who have breast cancer. 

What does participation involve?

If you sign up for the Predicting Brain Health After Chemotherapy study, the research team will call you to ask questions about your medical history to determine if you are a good fit. If you are eligible to participate, the team will schedule your first online research appointment and send an informed consent form for your review. All meetings will be held online.    

During your first visit, the researcher will review the consent form in detail, allowing you to ask any questions before making a decision. If you decide to participate, you will have two video visits, 1.5 hours each. The first visit will occur after you enroll in the study. The second visit will be approximately 12-14 months after the first visit. During these visits, the trained research staff will have you take online tests that measure attention, processing speed, memory, and language skills, complete online questionnaires where you rate your mood, distress, energy, pain, sleep and other symptoms, and complete a brain activity scan using a small EEG headset device that will be shipped to your home address. EEG is a non-invasive way of measuring the electrical activity of the brain. It does not involve any injections, radiation or other harmful effects. 

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